Born in 1895, Caroline Haslett, the daughter of an engineer, was more interested in nuts and bolts than dolls and prams as a young girl. Her work at a boiler engineering firm during and after World War One inspired her to help other women understand more about electricity by producing information booklets for them. She helped the government to improve science education for girls and by World War Two was well known for advising on engineering and electricity. Her efforts during World War Two, when she went on important missions for the government, were recognised in 1947 when she became a Dame. She will be remembered for opening up the world of engineering to women.

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Children could find all the electrical appliances or evidence of electricity in the classroom or go on an electricity treasure hunt around the school. They could be set the task of doing the same at home. By preparing pictures or even a presentation, they could be asked to compare and contrast appliances throughout history in living memory and beyond.