Lesson in engineering for Birchwood High School students on visit to Stansted Airport's Aerozone centre
Students from Birchwood High School got an insight into the world of work at Stansted Airport.
Eighty pupils from Year 8 at the Parsonage Lane secondary visited the Aerozone over two days as part of an event to mark International Women in Engineering Day 2022.
During the workshop at the airport's education facility, the students explored what life is like for Stansted engineers by asking them about their jobs and experience.
They learned how large, complex airports work as well as participating in practical engineering challenges.
The event was supported by Hertford and Stortford MP Julie Marson, who sent a video message to the teenagers.
She told them: "I am so happy to see all of you Birchwood students at the Aerozone today to celebrate Women in Engineering Day. I'm sure you're going to have a fascinating and productive day.
"Birchwood is a wonderful school that I have had the pleasure of visiting many times, so I am particularly glad you are there.
"In Bishop's Stortford, we are at the centre of the innovation corridor, and the future is all about innovation and technology, which you could be a part of.
"In the House of Commons, I have described how important it is for women and girls to study STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths] subjects, and how crucial it is for you to be at the centre of this exciting future. Congratulations! I am behind you all the way."
Alex Smith, the education co-ordinator at Stansted, said: "The students got the chance to experience first-hand the incredible range of opportunities available to them if they pursue engineering careers in the aviation industry.
"We especially need more girls to embrace these fantastic opportunities in aviation, which is why it's so important for them to meet inspirational female role models and to become aware of the rewarding careers on offer to them."