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With many children missing out on schooling since mid-March, there could be worry around the so-called “coronavirus generation” needing direction to achieve their dreams. Being away from the creative experiences that design projects and technology classes provide, children have instead looked at the world around them to enhance their perceptions of real and life changing engineering and science.
Most recently, it’s been the witnessing of the outstanding feats NHS workers and engineers have performed in tackling the pandemic which has been enough to engage and inspire a new and diverse generation to consider a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In fact, 63% of those aged 10-18 now have their eyes opened to pursuing a career in medicine.
Over half of children (52%) are now feeling inspired to consider a career in engineering after seeing how engineers were mobilised so quickly to answer the call to design and build life-saving ventilators, as well as convert buildings into much needed hospitals. Children have been captivated by the innovation performed to the highest standards and in record time in order to equip needs of the public and support the NHS.
Aston spoke to Ying Wan Loh, 2019 Young Woman Engineer of the Year to discuss just why a career in STEM is so rewarding and why all children should consider the vast array of experiences and opportunities that engineering and STEM can offer.