Young Engineers

Young Engineers

 

Hi-vis and helmets were sported by Tupton Hall School students as they built a bridge in the school hall.

Construction experts from Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) brought the Bridge to Schools project for Design and Technology students to work on.

Teams from 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.

Despite being 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 School.

“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.

“This shows you how D&T is used in the real world, not just in school. I have really enjoyed being project manager.”