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Young Engineering Women Climb Towards Their Highest Potential on Sydney Harbour Bridge For International Women’s Day

Young Engineering Women Climb Towards Their Highest Potential on Sydney Harbour Bridge
For International Women’s Day

On 8th March 2018, eight young women aspiring to be future leaders of the Engineering Industry followed two prominent female engineering leaders to the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Throughout their inspirational journey up the famous steel arches, the engineering students from UNSW and University of Sydney learned from their BridgeClimb Climb Leader Tracy, all about the engineering master-piece beneath them and about the history of women on the Bridge.

Tracy said “The Sydney Harbour Bridge was built in an era when women had limited opportunities. It’s important that female students climbing the bridge today, carry the torch for tomorrow’s engineering triumphs.”

After the 134 metres ascent, whilst enjoying a 360 degree view of the city, the mentors shared tales of their own career ascent, the trials and tribulations of becoming female leaders in their fields.

Elanor Huntington shared storied on her journey becoming the first female Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University and still one of the few in the world.

Julia Ratnayake; Works Manager at the Sydney Harbour Bridge, engaged the girls with some examples of the maintenance programs she manages for the Bridge they had just enjoyed Climbing.

Elanor said, “It’s so important to encourage the increase of young women in the engineering field and to highlight the incredible opportunities that are available to them.

“Having the chance to climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge today and talk with some of the young women who will be leading the engineering field in years to come for International Women’s Day is an experience I will remember”.

Julia Manolova Ratnayake said “What better place to inspire these young women to reach their highest potential than from the summit of one of Australia’s most impressive engineering feats, the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

“I hope these girls will take from their journey to the top of the Bridge a reinvigorated fire to reach their highest career goals knowing what incredible things are possible for them to achieve.”

BridgeClimb recognises its potential to teach many scientific and engineering curriculum subjects in a fun and practical way with pre, during and post Climb learning opportunities.

BridgeClimb is soon to expand its education offering with the launch of a STEM School Excursion Climb. The excursion option provides students with a comprehensive theoretical and practical real-life case study, covering several Curriculum subject matters.

The Science School Excursion Climb, currently offered is a customised excursion product for Stage 4/Year 7 – 8 Science students, centred on the topic areas of: Forces, Expansion/Contraction and Corrosion as per the Physical World & Chemical World strands in the curriculum.

BridgeClimb offers a truly memorable team bonding experience, perfect for special occasions, family adventures and corporate events. For more information, please visit or call +61 (0) 2 8274 7777.

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