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Lottie the Engineering Doll visits Sizewell power station

PUBLISHED: 10:10 09 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:22 09 November 2018

Inspiring the next generation of women engineers. Lottie the engineering doll at Sizewell B, Suffolk
The campaign is intended to help encourage young girls, and boys, to consider a career in engineering. Picture: WOMEN'S ENGINEERING SOCIETY

Inspiring the next generation of women engineers. Lottie the engineering doll at Sizewell B, Suffolk The campaign is intended to help encourage young girls, and boys, to consider a career in engineering. Picture: WOMEN'S ENGINEERING SOCIETY

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A doll teaching girls that engineering is no longer just a man's world has been on the shop floor in Suffolk.

Lottie the engineering doll, with one of the two turbines generating the power for more than one million homes and businesses at Sizewel B. Picture: WOMEN'S ENGINEERING SOCIETYLottie the engineering doll, with one of the two turbines generating the power for more than one million homes and businesses at Sizewel B. Picture: WOMEN'S ENGINEERING SOCIETY

Lottie the Engineering Doll was seen in the turbine hall at Sizewell B nuclear power station.

She is used to illustrate what a career in engineering might look like to help fire the imagination of girls as well as boys.

Now in its third year, the dolls are the idea of the Women’s Engineering Society

WES posted photos of them at work on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with the hashtag #LottieTour, as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which ran from November 5-9.

They also published blogs describing what Lottie got up to uploaded on the WES and Lottie Doll’s websites.

Paul Morton Sizewell B Station Director said: “We are very pleased to take part in this campaign by the Women’s Engineering Society to encourage females to consider a career in engineering and would encourage anyone interested in finding out more about Sizewell B to come along to the power station visitor centre.”

More than 150 engineers, female and male from all over the world, have been involved in taking photos using Lottie dolls borrowed from WES, coordinated by the WES Young Members’ Board.

Lottie has visited a number of companies involved in engineering in the UK including EDF Energy, National Grid, Balfour Beatty, Aston Martin and Arup, UK universities including the Open University and Heriot-Watt, and has been to Finland, USA and Dubai.

Manufacturers Lottie Dolls donated an additional 50 figures to winners of the Top 50 Women in Engineering competition so they could participate too.

Lottie Dolls also produced bespoke PPE for WES including hard hats, high vis jackets, safety glasses and lab coats, so Lottie is ready to go on to site or into a lab.

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