Activity builds bridges between children and engineering

Some 50 pupils joined forces with soldiers from the Royal Engineers for a day of bridge building fun.

The annual event – which is now in its 20th year and is held at the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham – saw children from ten primary schools come together for a day of talks and activities. It culminated in a bridge building competition using materials such as string, straws and cardboard.

Top prize for the bridge able to take the heaviest weight went to Warren Wood Primary Academy in Rochester with second and third places going to Phoenix Primary School, Chatham, and Chattenden Primary School respectively.

Caroline Chisholm, Education Manager at the Rochester Bridge Trust, which sponsors the competition, said: “We feel it’s important to teach children about civil engineering from an early age and to see them learning and having fun is great.

“The competition is a fantastic opportunity for children from local schools to visit the museum and meet real soldiers while taking part in exciting engineering activities. They were all very enthusiastic about bridge building and we were really impressed by their efforts.”

For further information about Rochester Bridge Trust’s engineering education activities, visit the Learning Activities webpage.

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