Children in Years 5 and 6 had a very exciting opportunity to develop their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths skills with a bridge building workshop that visited our school on Wednesday 19th June. The workshop was run by Civil Engineers from a construction company and a design and engineering consultancy.
The children were able to construct a 13m long cable-stayed bridge which they checked was safe before they walked across it. It was even strong enough for the teachers to walk across! Each child had a role in building the bridge, which spanned across our school hall, and we had a project manager for each team to make sure everything ran smoothly!
In the classrooms the children were challenged to construct a bridge out of K’Nex, spanning 30cm and to be able to support the heaviest weight possible. Once they had made their different designs they were tested – most bridges could withstand the weight 6kg, but one group of children from Year 6 built a bridge that held a 16kg weight!
The day was great fun for the children and they asked lots of questions related to civil engineering and the construction business. It was great to see the children working together as a team and developing their problem solving skills.