Activity day inspires young civil engineers

Year 5 pupils have been trying out practical activities to learn about the engineering.

Byron Primary School in Gillingham spent two afternoons testing materials, learning about bridges and finding out how engineering impacts our everyday lives. The activities were organised by the Rochester Bridge Trust.

The school’s Mrs Nuttall said: “The 30 children in my class worked well together in teams, just like engineers. Holding the activities over two days meant they were also able to make the most of thinking time and came up with some very clever stories and ideas to put into practice.

“It was great to see them really engage with the activities and I am sure many of the children have been inspired to find out more about bridge building and civil engineering.”

One of the main challenges put to the children was to design and build an animal crossing to enable squirrels to safely reach a sanctuary.

Aileen White, Education Officer for the Trust, said: “Their animal crossing ideas included things I would never have thought of – because their young minds are unhindered by preconceptions they try out new ideas, rather than writing them off without investigation.

“I was very impressed by their creations and also by the enthusiasm they brought to the challenge.”

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