The bounces correspond to wavelengths. This seems sufficiently mathematical to post. Also, it’s beautiful.
Civil Engineer, interested in the planet Earth... and cheesecake
Engineering needs a better profile - we need to get an accurate image of what engineering is out there. And that involves highlighting that it is in no way a ‘male-only’ profession. Women are just as competent and have the skills needed to succeed, we just need to make clear that women are welcome in the industry. The more young women see engineers of both sexes, the more it will become clear that it is a path open to them.
My Plaxis model. I hate it’s very existence right now.
In engineering in particular it is obvious that women and girls do not usually get the impression the industry is for them. It is important to address this issue, as there is a widening skills ‘gap’, with fewer engineers coming into the industry that we need to build a better future. If half the population are put off the industry from the outset, then we have a problem!
In engineering, the sheer numbers of men versus women are shocking: just 9% of engineers in the UK are female. Something is putting girls off engineering – I think it’s a culmination of the messages girls are receiving in childhood from media, films, and adverts. It is also because the stereotype of engineer does not represent what engineers actually do. Most of my job is in an office, behind a desk. I have only ever used a spanner to assemble ikea furniture (badly). In general, kids don’t get enough information on engineering, and the result of that is most do not even consider choosing it as a career (this is not gender specific). So if the stereotype is misrepresentative, plus the fact that engineering as an industry is barely visible to the public, then it’s not surprising that girls in particular are not attracted to the engineering profession. This is nothing to do with ability - girls consistently outperform their male classmates in school, even in maths and science which are seen as traditionally ‘male’.
I fell into engineering as my affinity to maths and physics led me studying the subjects at A-level. After doing some research into the kind of applicable careers that were available, I was drawn to engineering as it was more dynamic and creative than straight maths or physics. The fact that I could use these skills to make a difference in the world appealed to me, although I wasn’t sure exactly what kind of engineering I would end up doing.
I got interested in feminism when I noticed the large disparity between the male to female ratio on my course at university, as well as the difference in numbers in my A-level further maths classes. As far as I could tell, boys were no better at these subjects than girls, and yet the further into higher education you went, the numbers decreased. I remember someone in year 11 saying “I can’t do physics A-level- it’s a boys’ subject!” and thought at the time it was a ridiculous statement. But once you start to think about it, you notice all kinds of messages are sent to boys and girls about the kind of careers that are ‘suitable’ for them: toy shops with segregated ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ aisles, with creative building toys like meccano and lego firmly in the ‘boys’ section; stereotypes of an engineer being essentially a (male) mechanic in overalls with a spanner in hand; ‘evidence’ of men making scientific discoveries throughout history, the list goes on…
Exploring Singapore’s Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool
On the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore, the luxurious outdoor Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool stretches 150 meters (492 feet) across three hotel towers. A catchment system below the pool keeps the water circulating at the top while complex architecture secures the pool’s deck to the towers that sway subtly with the wind 200 meters (650 feet) above ground. The pool is not only renowned for its unique location and length, but also for the vanishing edge effect, designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. The pool is open only to hotel guests, and Instagrammers who stay at the hotel share their exclusive experience of the pool’s visual illusion and spectacular view of the city’s skyline.
Take me baaaaaack