Pupils given a taste of engineering

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University of Sheffield staff helped girls from Sharrow School in Sheffield develop a taste for engineering, with a hands-on challenge involving chocolate welding.

Twenty girls visited the Nuclear AMRC as part of the Stem Ambassador programme to encourage young people to study science, technology, engineering and maths-based subjects and consider related careers.

After presentations from some of the centre's female engineers, the students faced a practical challenge. The Nuclear AMRC's volunteer Stem Ambassadors, including assistant research engineer Cara Saungsomboon and research associate Dr Rahul Mandal (pictured), helped the girls manufacture boxes from chocolate, and then test them to destruction.

The highest praise came in a thank-you letter from Nadia in year six: "My favourite part was when we got chocolate. I also really like how you inspired me and who knows in future I could be an engineer!"