Hundreds of children take part in free film screenings

More than 900 children joined in a free film festival as part of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).

Schools and community groups took part in the festival in the safety of their own organisations, with free copies of the film Hidden Figures, learning materials and refreshments provided by the Rochester Bridge Trust.

The film is based on the real-life experiences of three African-American women who played an integral part in the space race.

In total 930 children from seven schools and community groups took part, with many holding several screenings of the film alongside a range of engineering and space-themed activities.

Claire Saunders, Education Officer at the Trust, explained: “The best way to inspire children is to tell them stories they can relate to, which makes Hidden Figures an excellent educational experience.

“We knew we couldn’t invite large groups to join us in a cinema as we’ve done previously, so sending the film to them seemed like a good alternative. To have ended up reaching so many children despite the pandemic is a great achievement and we’ve really enjoyed hearing how much they enjoyed their mini festivals.”

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