School science day goes with a bang

Education materials provided by the Rochester Bridge Trust helped ensure bridge building went with a bang during a school science event.

The day of activities aimed to encourage children to take an interest in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and saw more than 1,500 visitors from 70 schools take part.

It took place at Leicester Grammar School, under the banner of the Big Bang Fair.

The bridge building stand was run by sixth-formers Edward Whittaker, Thomas Brooks and Olivia Rennie.

Edward said: “It was fun to learn about bridges and help some of the younger children to gain an understanding of the way an arch bridge works. We know the subjects we study are interesting, but to see elements of our learning put into practice – and to help others understand it too – was great.”

The equipment was lent to the school for free as part of the Trust’s initiative to support engineering education. It included an explanatory pop-up banner and several small and large kits for people to try their hand at constructing an arch bridge.

Bridge Clerk Sue Threader explained: “The Trust is committed to supporting engineering education and one of the ways we do that is by enabling others.

“It was therefore a pleasure for us to be able to provide a stand for the Leicester Grammar School’s Big Bang Fair.”

The free education materials available include the book, Learning about Bridges, which is given to schools and educators, as well as more substantial bridge building kits that are available for borrowing. For more information email our Education Officer.

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