Women in Engineering


Here at science made simple, we are proud to say that we do our best to promote engineering to both girls and boys, and challenge traditional gender stereotypes in engineering careers. Find out below how we do this, and discover different ways you can inspire girls with engineering.

Female Role Models

More than 50% of our presenters are women. We believe that both girls and boys can be inspired by our fabulous team of female presenters. Every one of them can stand up in front of 250 13-year-olds and talk about the varied, exciting areas in engineering, inspire 5-year-olds with an introduction to engineering relevant to their lives, or even make a basic motor out of some wire, magnets and and batteries!

Thank you science made simple ladies! Pictured below, clockwise from top left: Becca, Leanne, Wendy, Ruth, Becky, Zoë.



Girls in STEM

science made simple director Wendy Sadler spoke last year at the Science and the Assembly event. She spoke about the problems with fewer girls taking STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), and what we can do to address these problems. Find out more, and access the notes from her talk here.

She also made a pledge, to ensure science made simple leads the way to encourage more girls into STEM subjects:

science made simple pledge

  1. science made simple will continue to increase its efforts to forge stronger links between a diverse representation of STEM researchers and school communities.
  2. science made simple will support teachers, in particular at primary school through shows and additional resources, to increase their confidence in delivering STEM messages to their pupils.
  3. science made simple will follow best practice in breaking down stereotypes when using role models.
  4. science made simple will encourage our customers and funders to involve parents and broader communities with our shows and training.  We will actively seek out community partnerships.
  5. science made simple will continue to support organisations with broader societal goals to reduce gender bias, such as continuing to support the Let Toys be Toys campaign.
  6. science made simple will speak out against examples of everyday sexism when we encounter them.


Inspiring Engineering Shows

science made simple has a suite of engineering shows for different age groups. We believe that by showcasing the huge range of careers available to an engineer, and showing live demonstrations from the different areas of engineering, we can dispel the image of an engineer being a man in a boiler suit, under a car! We have also worked with the WISE campaign – a campaign to promote women in science, technology and engineering.

Izzy’s Incredible Adventure (KS1)

Can you help Izzy on her incredible adventure? Along the way discover and explore how transport really works! Can a toaster make a hot air balloon rise? Why do space rockets need explosions? Can you make metal float? Finally meet the ultimate transport for land, water and air – the hovercraft!

Who wants to be a superhero? (KS2)

Just what exactly do scientists and engineers do? How do planes fly? How can we see through the dust in space? How do engineers make playgrounds safer to play in? How are they saving the planet?


Bloodhound Supersonic Car (KS2-KS3)

The mission: to build a car capable of travelling at over 1000mph and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.What are the challenges in building a vehicle that travels faster then a speeding bullet?


A Rough Guide to Engineering (KS3)

What is Engineering? Where can you find it? Come on a journey around the world and find out all about what engineers do, and how they do it!



Engineering for Life – From Cradle to Grave (KS3-KS4)

How can engineering let us see inside ourselves, make cars safer, or even 3D-print new organs? How does engineering help us throughout our lives – from before we are born until after we die?



Things you can do

(via Women’s Engineering Society)

  • Invite a local woman engineer to give a talk to your students on what they do in engineering (through WES, Inspiring the Future or STEMNET Ambassadors
  • Organise a lunchtime or after school activity to encourage girls in engineering (like a science made simple show!) 
  • Visit a local engineering employer and make sure you take as many girls as boys
  • Launch a competition to encourage innovation
  • Review your careers advice and literature to ensure that you are giving your students the best possible independent advice on non-traditional careers
  • Audit your science teaching to ensure that it is gender neutral (see IoP Guidelines)
  • Organise some training for your science teachers on careers in engineering
  • Hold a STEM careers event for your students




 Find out more

Ever wondered what it’s like to actually be an engineer?

Here are some brilliant case study videos via Engineering Insite, made with sponsorship from one of our supporters, the ERA Foundation. Hear from a biomedical engineer (who uses bubbles to solve medical problems!), a sports engineer, a software engineer – whatever you’re interested in, there’s an exciting role for you in engineering.

Were you born to engineer?


Tomorrow’s Engineers

Finally, make sure you check out the Tomorrow’s Engineers website. They’re all about engineering careers and resources. You can even take a quiz to find out which area of engineering you might be best suited for – Who’s crew are you?

I’m in the Ideas Crew – which is great because I love thinking of new science made simple experiments!


Remember – Inspire the girls in your life (all year round but especially 23rd June!)

Engineering is #notjustforboys


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