Birmingham research fellow recognised for encouraging young people to study engineering

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Dr Naomi Green wins the Stephenson Award

Dr Naomi Green, a Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering, has won the Stephenson Award for her work to encourage more young people to study engineering.

The award was presented by the Worshipful Company of Engineers, a London Livery Company at their Annual Award Ceremony which was held at the Institution of Engineering and Technology.   Naomi was presented with her bronze medal and certificate by Rear Admiral Jim Higham and the Master of Engineering, Commodore Barry Brooks.

Naomi is passionate about encouraging young people into the engineering profession and engaging them in STEM subjects.  She shares her enthusiasm and love for engineering with children of all ages, through a wide variety of activities, such as the Big Bang Fair, British Science Festival and I'm an Engineer Get Me Out of Here.  Naomi is a fantastic and exceptional role model for the children she works with; she is friendly and approachable and has a talent for explaining complicated technical concepts in ways they can understand.

Speaking about her recent win, Naomi commented, “I am absolutely thrilled to receive the Stephenson Award.  I was honoured to have my work recognised by senior leaders from across the engineering industry.  I love working with young people, and young women in particular, to help them reach their potential, and hopefully become engineers in the future.”

Naomi has developed the Daughters of Invention project with local theatre in education company ‘The Play House’, using an ingenious grant from the Royal Academy of Engineering.  The project used drama to engage primary school children in biomedical engineering and raise their aspirations to attend higher education.  The use of immersive drama in a classroom setting to teach STEM subjects is innovative and proved to be highly successful.  The project team are about to start the next phase of Daughters of Invention with a new set of children, thanks to funding from the Millennium Point Trust.

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