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Ivybridge Community College

Kawasaki - November 2023

Visit by Girls in STEM Team

The College would like to say thank you to the team at Kawasaki for inviting our Girls in STEM group for a tour of their precision engineering factory in Plymouth.


In November, a group of girls from our Greenpower Girls in STEM team, who are in the process of building and competing with their own electric racing car, were invited by Kawasaki to take a tour of their precision engineering factory site in Ernesettle. 

The trip started with a boardroom presentation by various members of the Kawasaki team, who discussed the concepts of hydraulics engineering, the types of machinery being produced on site, the rigorous testing and development processes, and the importance of the Kawasaki product and brand globally.   

The girls had the opportunity to ask questions with various members of the team including a CAD designer, who uses CAD software to design and test motors and machine components. 

The Girls in STEM team were then given a bespoke guided tour of the Kawasaki factory, which gave them an excellent insight into the production processes, rigorous testing and quality control systems used at Kawasaki.  

Physics Teacher Craig Jewell said, “It was amazing to be able to give the girls a behind the scenes insight into precision engineering, and show them how some of the concepts they are starting to learn in Physics lessons are applied in industry.

"The visit was a fascinating experience, which I am grateful our STEM girls were able to be part of -  I hope it gives them an insight into the types of roles they can aspire to as future engineers.”