Letitia Wright meets female engineers from the 2018 Shell Eco-marathon Europe
Letitia Wright meets some of the engineers that will feature at the 2018 Shell Eco-marathon Europe

The world is facing an energy challenge. It is one that will only be solved by working together.

Yet women are often under-represented in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). These are the subjects that are needed to help the world in its quest for more and cleaner energy in the future.

"You have to see something to understand that you can do it," says the actress Letitia Wright, referring to the power of role models. "That's why I feel representation is so important."

"I really want to see what it takes to be involved in the STEM movement," she adds. "I call it a movement, because I feel it's very powerful." 

The switching of superheroes

Wright's most recent acting role was as a female scientist in the biggest superhero franchise of the year. It sparked her desire to find out more about STEM - and the people behind it. 

Wright met with Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE. Imafidon is a mathematics prodigy and science educator. She also co-founded STEMettes, a social enterprise that inspires young women to pursue STEM subjects.

"STEM is all about creativity and altruism," Imafidon says. "So, it’s really important to have different types of stories and different types of people who have embarked on different journeys. If you can see it, you can be it."

A meeting of minds

The women of Shell Eco-marathon are truly diverse. From a racing driver inspired by Swedish champion Kimi Räikkönen to a radio host addressing diversity in science, a newly-qualified karate black belt as well as a student following in the footsteps of her mechanical engineer grandmother. This is the sort of diversity that Shell believes can help #makethefuture.

"The whole point of engineering is to solve problems in the world," says one of the young engineer in the film. "You are only limited by your imagination in engineering,” adds another. “If you can think it, you can draw it, you can design it. If you can draw it and design it, you can make it. It fascinates me, to have that process.”

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