24 April 2013
Yewande Akinola, the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2012, will be teaching a Design and Technology class as part of TeachFirst’s Every Child Can campaign.
Yewande, an environmental services engineer at Arup, will teach a lesson at Highgate Wood Secondary School on Friday (April 26). Yewande will use this time to show students the exciting life of an engineer through pictures and video. She will also engage the students in a discussion on renewable products and systems for buildings, and how these could be incorporated into old and modern buildings.
Crowned IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year in December 2012, Yewande impressed the judges with her work on water and sanitation in underdeveloped and developing countries.
Yewande said: “I am really excited about taking a class. I know I am going to learn new things from the students, but it will also be great to interact with them and encourage them to pursue design and engineering careers.
“It is very important for students to interact with designers and engineers. It gives them the opportunity to get answers to questions they may have, and that goes a long way.”
Education charity TeachFirst launched the Every Child Can campaign with the aim of breaking the cycle of educational disadvantage. The nationwide campaign hopes to address education equality, while also highlighting the role that great teachers play in supporting thousands of young people.
As part of the campaign, sixty leading figures from the world of business, politics, media and entertainment will trade in their day job this week (April 22-26) to become a teacher for the day. Other participants include Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, TV Historian, Dan Snow and Stand-Up Comedian, Shappi Khorsandi.