Female Explorer's Camp
SKF GmbH in Germany arranges many local Community Care programme and events locally every year. They have expanded their programme to cover another activity called “Female Explorers’ Camp”.
There is a high level of skills shortage, particularly female academics in the field of engineering. In order to bridge gender diversity at work, SKF GmbH is hosting the Female Explorers' Camp to create inspiration amongst female students in technical work. Twelve girls had the chance to assume the role of being engineers and their “mission” was to develop energy-efficient bearings.
To help them solve the challenge, the students were introduced to the different possibilities of measuring friction, and practised measurements taking on standard constructions. After that the students had to use their creativity and skills to create energy-efficient bearing by reducing friction.
Project leaders and supervisors were coaching the students to provide advise and support. In addition, the students visited the different SKF production plants in Schweinfurt to get an impression of the work and the environment.
On the last day of the “Explorer-week” the girls presented their results to their supervisors, other SKF employees and representatives of the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, which is promoting its technical courses as well.
All in all, the days were very successful, and the students were very impressed of engineering profession and were considering to study engineering after graduation.
“Now I know that engineering is more than sitting on a computer solving physics-tasks”, said one of the participating students.
The instructor team showed the students the different opportunities of apprenticeship and technical courses. Supported by the trainers, the girls got the chance to produce small metal candle holders, and were introduced to project work in the “bearing carrier” workshop and to visit the sheet metal production.