A teenager from Preston has been hailed as the “Zoella of engineering” after being recruited to inspire the next generation of engineers.
Lily France will join the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2015 campaign to see if she can help dispel myths around engineering and encourage young people to choose science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.
I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week team and working to help bridge the gap between young people and STEM careers.Lily France
To do this, the 17-year-old, who is studying A-Levels in maths, physics, history and textiles at Runhsaw College, has been charged with creating YouTube content such as going behind the scenes of well-known brands and explanations of new innovations.
It comes after research showed 24 per cent of 11-19 year old girls and 10 per cent of boys claim lifestyle YouTube vlogger (video blogger) Zoella is a role model.
Lily said: “I was contacted about it because I’ve blogged for two years about STEM subjects and I showed some of the skills they were looking for.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Tomorrow’s Engineers Week team and working to help bridge the gap between young people and STEM careers. I love studying STEM subjects at college but I understand how many young people can miss the link between the things they love and the engineering processes behind them. Hopefully I can help young people realise just how interesting engineering is.”
Lily plans on taking a degree in chemistry, maths and physics with the Open University after college, so she can “carry on with blogging and travel and take up opportunities like these when they come along.”
She added: “So far I’ve done a few pieces to camera and I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be fun going around lots of different places and I’m really keen to go back to Broughton High School where I used to go, and speak to 11-14 year olds.”