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South London bright sparks have engineering brought to life

Virtual reality headsets and real life career stories will inspire students at a South London school to consider careers in engineering, on Women in Engineering Day.

From Press releases - 23 June 2017 12:00 AM

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Earlier this year UK Power Networks, the company which delivers electricity to London, the East and South East, asked students at the Oasis Academy to name an electricity tunnel boring machine after a female scientist or engineer. The students chose prominent English space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock. ‘Maggie’, completed an 11-week construction of a 320-metre-long spur tunnel to carry essential electricity supplies to the £9 billion, 42-acre development taking shape on the banks of the River Thames.

To celebrate their naming success and encourage the next generation, UK Power Networks employees have talked to students at the school with the aim of bringing engineering to life.

Rona Mitchell, graduate innovation engineer, talked about how she got into the industry, her experience of working in engineering, and what she finds most exciting.

Thazi Edwards, technology development engineer, used virtual reality headsets to show students first-hand what it’s really like to work in engineering. The virtual reality headsets provide a 3D tour of an underground substation and a smart cabinet in central London.

Rona Mitchell says, “I am incredibly excited to have visited the school on Women in Engineering Day. Engineering can take you to so many unexpected places and I’m hoping I inspired some of the students to consider it as career.”

For further information, or if you would like to try the VR headset please contact UK Power Networks press office on 0330 159 1712.