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What has engineering got to do with computing?

Engineering offers different ways of learning in computing, from problem-solving techniques to systems for managing code development. There are also many, many routes into engineering and technical careers open to students interested in computing.Britain needs engineers. With around 25% of GDP being generated in engineering, it is vital to the...


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Clubbing together to inspire the next generation

Growing up, my father and brother were both engineers, so we were always having fun designing, building and fixing things. When I came to choosing a career, I wanted one that I would enjoy and be good at, that would be useful to society, something practical and creative but also challenging. Engineering was really my only option!I studied...


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Computing newbies: dive right in!

This September, lots of you will be diving into computing at the deep end. Don’t worry, there’s tonnes of help available to stay afloat.As computing continues to replace ICT in secondary schools across the country, some of you will be teaching computing for the first time in the new academic year. This varied group of newbies brings different...


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Creature comforts: a day in the life of a wildlife educator

I’m a Wildlife Educator from Swansea, Wales. I’ve always had a huge passion for wildlife since a very young age – I have a very supportive family who appreciated and helped my love for wildlife grow. It has since blossomed into a business and a huge part of my life.As a Wildlife Educator, my work is based solely on wildlife. I love weird creatures...


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An out of this world astronomy club

When I was growing up, I always had an interest in space. It started when my uncle showed me Saturn when I was about 7 and from then on I was hooked.To cut a long story short, I craved to learn more about astronomy. As I moved through school, I was never encouraged to take a ‘different’ career path. I wasn’t a great academic so I slipped into what...


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How do you solve a problem like girls in physics?

Three years ago my colleagues and I sat down to discuss how we could, in our own small way, help to tackle the problem of a low uptake of A level physics by girls. The result was a termly event called Girls in Physics.The aim of this evening event is to create a space for girls to network with each other, to meet students with similar interests,...


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Engineering through the generations: Amy’s story

Amy Jones is an Apprentice Engineer at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). She shares her reasons for entering the sector and the importance of raising awareness of women in engineering.What inspired you to do engineering?My inspiration is my great-grandfather, who was a toolmaker during the Second World War, and my grandad, who was an...


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Inspiring the next generation of pathologists

I work for the NHS in Oral Pathology and Microbiology at the University Dental Hospital in Cardiff. We work very closely with the School of Dentistry at Cardiff University and, because of the resources, research, teaching and service we provide, it makes us the only one of its kind in Wales.I’m an Associate Practitioner and my role involves...


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Engage, build, consolidate: bringing learning to life

Gavin Simpson is the Head of Economics at Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar. With over 20 years’ teaching experience, he has recently completed the Science of Learning online CPD. We chatted to him about his experiences.I signed up to The Science of Learning on FutureLearn because I’ve always been impressed with the work of Paul Howard-Jones...


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Let’s all play our part

On International Women in Engineering Day, it’s my wish that – by 2028 there is no need for such a day at all. By then I hope that women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers are accepted as so unremarkable that this can stop being an issue at all.We will all know when we have achieved this. It will be the day...


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