Check out our Engineering Challenge - Clever Cogs

We're celebrating International Women's Day, by launching our brand new engineering challenge badge - Clever Cogs 

The Clever Cogs challenge pack is filled with interesting activities, which explore some of the exciting and useful applications of engineering. From exploding volcanoes, to mechanical hands the innovative and hands-on activities aim to inspire the next generation of female engineers and scientists.

Developed by Girlguiding North West England with support from three young female engineers from BAE Systems, Clever Cogs uses interactive activities to encourage girls to take a more positive view of going into STEM-based careers. It also features profiles of some of the world's most inspirational and pioneering female engineers.

The pack aims to challenge some of the perceptions uncovered in the Girls Attitude Survey. The largest annual survey of girls’ opinions found that more than half of girls think science is for boys, with 60% of girls moving away from engineering because of lack of female role models.

Vicki Saward, Business Integration Director at BAE Systems Submarines, said: “We are very proud to sponsor this new challenge. As an engineering business, we work hard to challenge stereotypes and excite young people about the opportunities STEM can bring and we are particularly delighted that this is the result of more than 12 months' hard work by three of our own female engineers, who are using their own passion for engineering to inspire others. Their innovative approach will give a large community of young people across the UK an experience they may not have otherwise had, and if it encourages just a few young women to join the profession, it'll be a resounding success." 

To find out more about the Clever Cogs challenge and to download it, then visit our Region Resources page by clicking here.

Giving our Girls a Voice

After developing the pack, we invited eighty young members to join us for a fun day of science and explosions at our Region Headquarters. The girls rose to the challenge, and worked in teams to complete the activities. The girls then gave us some really helpful feedback, so we could ensure that the Clever Cogs challenge was suitable for all of our members. 

Tammy Evans, 12, who was involved in the testing of the Clever Cogs challenge said: “I really enjoyed completing the different activities for this challenge. We don’t normally do science experiments outside of school, but these ones were really fun, especially the explosions! We always do something fun and interesting at our guide meetings.”

Julie Bell, Region Chief Commissioner said: “We’re very excited to launch this new challenge which we hope will inspire many of our girls and young women into a career that they might not have considered. It was great to see our members who tested the challenge engaging with science as many tend to shy away from STEM subjects.”

To view all of the photos from the testing day, why not check out our Flickr gallery here.