Film screening puts engineering at the heart of adventure

Young children and their families are invited to a free screening of a fantasy adventure film which is sure to inspire the next generation of engineers.

As part of its engineering education initiative, the Rochester Bridge Trust will be showing The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a family-friendly adventure which sees a young girl transported to a world of gingerbread soldiers. Clara – who is introduced to the audience as she teaches her brother about Newton’s Third Law – is faced with a series of challenges to invent solutions to, much like the work of a real-world engineer.

Before the film, families will be invited to take part in some related hands-on learning activities, helping children to be a part of the action.

Aileen White, Education Officer at the Rochester Bridge Trust, said: “This modern retelling of The Nutcracker beautifully combines the whimsical with engineering and invention. Particularly inspiring is the way in which it shows a young girl following in the footsteps of her mother, inventing things to solve the problems she encounters.

“It’s an imaginative and engaging way to show children that anyone can be an engineer, while creating a family-friendly environment for learning.”

The free screening is open to young people and their families. The film is rated PG and will be shown at Cineworld, Rochester, on Wednesday, 10th April. Activities begin at 9.30am. For families to enjoy the experience together, parents are advised to stay with their children.

Tickets are free but must be booked – visit or email to register.

For more information about the Trust’s engineering education initiative see

This event is now fully booked.

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