The girls were visiting the Poole-based rescue service’s HQ to learn more about jobs in engineering.
And as part of the event, organised to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, the students got to meet the RNLI female engineers who are helping to make the kit that is saving people’s lives.
Among them was Beth Gill who demonstrated to the girls the lifejacket she had invented.
One of the lucky students to attend, Grace James, said: “I enjoyed many of the day’s activities but my favourite was definitely the rescue boat simulator. It was great fun and taught me a lot.
“The RNLI staff hosting the lessons were also so kind and knowledgeable. It was amazing to see what trainee engineers and lifeguards have to go through every day but on a much more serious scale. I also enjoyed the buoy challenge as it was similar to what professionals do every day in real life or death situations.”
Engineering is at the very heart of the work undertaken by the RNLI.
It designs, supplies and supports its boats, buildings and kit to help save lives and keep its lifesavers safe.
During their visit the Year 7 and 8 girls from Avonbourne learned about the RNLI’s current STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Maths) challenges, spoke to the women who work at its Inshore-Lifeboat Centre on the Isle of Wight, and learned about the production of Crewsaver lifejackets.
Jason Holbrook, Principal of Avonbourne College, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the RNLI for providing this fantastic opportunity for our students.
“We place great emphasis on STEM subjects here and actively encourage our girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.
“For the girls, who attended, are just starting out on their secondary education and to be able to see what women can achieve in engineering was truly inspirational.”
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