Er…well some girls maybe!
It was a bit controversial yesterday’s blog suggesting that girls are naturally better engineers than boys…but you can read why I said it below. However today, after a year of running these events, we had the first ever team with at least some boys in it win the race with the fastest time. That however, was not the most interesting thing about today. We had the ever fabulous Y1 pupils from Oakdene Primary today. They worked hard, they collaborated in groups, they asked a squllion questions. But at the end I was asking them about engineering and the best thing ever happened. I suggested that engineers were usually men. The reaction was immediate ‘Nooooooo!, Don’t be silly……’ really? These Y1 children were quite genuinely gender blind to the role. Many of the girls told me during the day how they would quite like to be engineers. Here they are at working you wouldn’t argue:
Can you see any lack of talent? No. I am very aware that Oakdene are a very proactive school with aspirations. They engage with employers regularly and certainly use the events here as a backbone of activity to integrate with that. Looking at the new OfSTED framework they are clearly addressing the cultural and social capital requirements already. If that is what is happening then the symptoms are what I saw today.
Pics of the teams and boats are below, well done to every team….even the ones who er….sank!