Free engineering activities for primary schools

School groups are being invited to take part in free, hosted activities to inspire their interest in local history and engineering.

In December, the Rochester Bridge Trust is moving its Bridge Works exhibition into Medway Archives Centre, and to celebrate local schools are being given the opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the exhibits, followed by a related bridge engineering workshop.

Caroline Chisholm, Education Officer at the Trust, explained: “We are keen to inspire as many young people as possible to take an interest in civil engineering, and the best way to do so is to catch their attention at an early age – before stereotyping sets in.

“These free tours and workshops show children – and their teachers – the civil engineering on their doorstep, introducing the fascinating 2,000-year story of Rochester’s bridges and helping the youngsters to understand how bridges are created.”

The visit – which lasts around two hours and is targeted at Key Stage 2 – begins with a guided tour of the exhibition, led by Play on Words Theatre. Children then join the Trust’s education team for a hands-on bridge building activity.

All activities are free but must be booked, with groups of around 30 children (and additional accompanying staff) welcome. Dates are available on Wednesday mornings in January, February and March. To register your interest and find out more email education@rbt.org.uk.

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