2 July 2018
Corporals Garside, Houchen, Phipps and White, and L/cpl Stephens from St Ives Detachment Cambs ACF, plus L/cpl Wallace from Cambridge Detachmet travelled to Chetwynd Barracks, Notts on Friday 22nd June for a Women in Engineering STEM weekend. After a welcome brief they settled in ready for a busy day few days. On Saturday morning the cadets woke up and enjoyed a fulfulling breakfast, followed by a talk by the Royal Logistics Corps on bomb disposal, and a chance to look around some of the equipment they spoke about. The girls were able to take part in several stands including sweeping for IEDs using the Dragon Runner robot, Ventnor metal detector and personal body metal detectors.
A CASEVAC situation which involved using tourniquets on several of the casualties found in the back of a Chinook helicopter. Command Tasks which had them all working as a team to make their goals, Bridge Building and a ride on the 7 seater bike, STEM Tasks using the new Cadet STEM kits, in which they had to build a communications tower at least 120cm high with 2 radar dishes on at least 30cm apart, a Water Filtration Exercise in which the cadets had to decide which would make the best filter between gravel, sand and charcoal, and a Kit and Equipment talk from the Army Recruiters stand.
After dinner we had an inspirational talk from Yuli, a lady who has been involved in engineering and done some amazing work, including being instrumental in the ability to build on sand platforms. After this the girls were allowed some down time at the Corporal's Club. After breakfast, Sunday was used to clear up, pack and get ready for leaving. We also took part in more talks from females in the Royal Engineers followed by a question and answer session. Once the girls had been issued their lunch bags it was time to leave. We had a brilliant weekend, and the girls were an absolute pleasure to take. They represented Cambs ACF brilliantly and I hope they had as much of a good time as I did!