Renishaw recently hosted a local Brownie group at its Miskin site in South Wales to help them earn a new badge in engineering. The Brownie group leader collaborated with Renishaw to give the members a project to design and engineer their own name badges for their uniforms. The girls took part in three sessions to earn their badge.
In the first session, the Brownies designed their name badges by hand, to include their name and the brownie logo. The following week Renishaw gave the girls a tour of the factory and they transferred their image from paper to digital format using computer aided design (CAD). The girls saw the first of their designs realised on the 3D printer. In the final session, Sarah Lewis, fabrication development centre (FDC) tutor at Renishaw’s Miskin site, visited the brownie group to deliver the finished pin badges for their uniforms.
Simon Biggs, Education Liaison Officer at Renishaw explains: “It is a common misconception that engineers are predominantly boys. By getting girls interested in engineering during extra-curricular activities we hope to get them thinking about the opportunities available in engineering careers. Other groups are approaching us asking how they can get a new badge in engineering. The prospect of competition has encouraged more groups to ask for sessions at Renishaw, supporting our aim to get more children excited about engineering.”
Chris Pockett, Head of Communications at Renishaw explains: “Our education outreach programme has worked with schools for many years to try and get children interested in science and dispel any stereotypes about engineering. By organising extra-curricular engineering activities, Renishaw can show children how interesting the sector can be.
“Children always have something to take home after taking part in a Renishaw educational day. The Brownie badge reminds them of their achievement and they can use it to show their peers the exciting possibilities of engineering.”
Steph Horsley, 1st Llanharan Brownie Leader says: “The Brownies were extremely grateful for the opportunity to experience something new and exciting. It is a fantastic resource and to be able to try things that we cannot do in our own units is essential to developing the girls and hopefully inspiring them for the future. We thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Renishaw’s education outreach programme aims to promote engineering career opportunities to young children. Over the last year, it has held work experience days, education days with the Bloodhound Supersonic Car and other activities to inspire the engineers of the future.
Follow the link to find out more about educational visit opportunities at Renishaw for local schools.