helmets were sported by Tupton Hall School students as they built a bridge in
the school hall.
experts from Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) brought the Bridge to Schools
project for Design and Technology students to work on.
Year 7 and 9 set about erecting the cable-stayed structure, similar to the
design used in on New York's Brooklyn Bridge and the Second Severn Crossing
between England and Wales.
smaller in scale than these famous bridges, the students used the same
technological principles of balance and tension to engineer a crossing strong
enough for them to walk across.
“It has been
great having the ICE engineers in school today. We've had a constant stream of
people from all over the school nipping into the hall to see the bridge coming
together,” said Mr Jon Fullwood, Head of Design and Technology at Tupton Hall
“We decided to
do this as a reward for students who have worked consistently hard in D&T
throughout the year. They have worked well together in their teams today, put
their knowledge into practice and learned valuable skills.”
Year 7 student
Alex Trown was given the role of project manager for her team. He said: “It's
not every day you get to build a bridge in the school hall,” she said.
you how D&T is used in the real world, not just in school. I have really
enjoyed being project manager.”