EDFEnergy wants to inspire the next generation of female engineers. Their R&D team designed and launched littleBits workshops in the UK to teach girls about electricity and renewable energy.
Groups of girls aged 11-16 were challenged to design products for a Smart Bedroom using littleBits, coupled with coding activities, access to 3D printers and laser cutters.
From their website:
We believe that the way to get more girls and young women interested in these subjects is to give them the chance to experience them in new ways. We also want to showcase successful women who are already working in the industry.
To show the accessible side of science and engineering, we’re using practical, hands-on experiences.
One of the ways we’re doing this is by piloting one-day workshops that challenge teenage girls to create a life-size ‘smart’ bedroom using Littlebits electronic kits. By using simple coding, 3D printers and laser cutters, they can create real technological solutions and get a taste for the creative and rewarding problem-solving processes that a career in science, technology, engineering and maths can give them.