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STEM Ambassador visits Furze Platt

This week the Science department welcomed Armelle Boisset, an electrical engineer and STEM ambassador, to give a talk about careers in Engineering.

 Armelle has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, in both technical and management ranging roles from software coding and emergency support to mobile network rollout. Armelle talked about her early career (starting with an electrical engineering degree in Canada) and then went on to discuss the interests and benefit that a career in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) can bring, drawing on examples from her own career progression. She used a range of props – from old mobile phones, to smurfs to a tube of Pringles (which the students very much enjoyed devouring) to illustrate the maths behind hyperbolic parabolas. One of Armelle’s roles as a STEM ambassador is to encourage more girls to consider a career in engineering and it was nice to see that they made up over 50% of our audience.  

We hope our visitor will have inspired many of Furze Platt's students to be the engineers of the future.