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We have an exciting new project which will be supporting our work under SPONGE2020. Westcountry Women Working With Water (aka 5W) is funded by The Royal Academy of Engineers under their Ingenious program. We are working with two primary schools in Taunton to fulfill the project’s¬†exciting and important aims:

1) To get young people, especially girls, interested in engineering and understanding a little more about the wide range of areas engineers work in, and the important issues and problems engineering can help to solve. In particular, we will talk about water management in our towns and cities.

2) To give engineers the opportunity to talk about their exciting work to new groups of people, and get them to try out a whole range of engagement techniques. 

3) To build two new raingardens at the schools, designing the features with the help of the school pupils and their teachers and parents.

Today we met up with the group of engineers, who work at the University of Exeter, the University of the West of England, and an engineering company called OTA Analytics, to plan the school visits and get started on the project!

The 5W project is delivered by Westcountry Rivers Trust, in a pilot co-lead by Somerset County Council, and is funded by Interreg 2 Seas (and the European Regional Development Fund) and the Royal Academy of Engineers.