Crypt STEM days give children hands-on learning experience

Children are benefiting from the experience of hands-on learning thanks to a series of STEM days.

Held in Rochester Cathedral, where the Rochester Bridge Trust’s free Bridge Works exhibition is taking place, the organised events encourage the youngsters to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Caroline Chisholm, Education Officer at the Rochester Bridge Trust, explained: “We are running a number of pre-arranged sessions with school and home education groups, giving children the opportunity to learn about engineering first-hand.

“The activities are a great way to draw the interest of the children and particularly appeal to youngsters who might struggle to engage in a more formal setting – the challenges we set are inclusive to all abilities.”

Workshops include the themes of tessellation, sound and exploring arches. Kits are used to explain the terminology and the children particularly take to the opportunity to build their own bridges. Much of this ties in with the youngsters’ lessons about air resistance and forces.

Children, aged between eight and 11, from as near as Rochester and as far afield as Margate have been booked onto the STEM days. To find out more about booking a group to take part in the learning activities visit the Cathedral’s website or contact their Education Officer. For more information about grants to support visits to the Bridge Works exhibition click here.

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