• Question: Do you believe that girls aren't as involved in engineering as boys and how would you change that?

    Asked by Isobel to John, Kirstin on 12 Jun 2016. This question was also asked by Potter.
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      John Allport answered on 12 Jun 2016:

      Hi Isobel,
      I do think that girls are not as involved in engineering as boys. I’m working on changing that by trying to understand why it is that girls are not so interested. Whenever I get chance to talk to groups of girls and explain how I use engineering to make a difference to people’s lives, they get that and are interested, whereas if their perception of engineering is dirty hands and overalls, they are put off. One of the things that I do is to run classes for girls to come and see the type of work that I do, and the range of possible careers within engineering, and it would be really great to get your view on why girls do not have such a positive impression of engineering.