ICE South East England has teamed up with Peter Brett Associates to inspire children across Reading and Wokingham to consider joining careers in civil engineering.
The tour of the Bridges to Schools programme will see pupils from 11 schools learn about the various skills required to become a civil engineer through a fun activity when they are asked to construct a 12 meter long bridge.
Each pupil dons a hard hat and a fluorescent jacket and is given a specific role, such as "transporter", "peggers" or "fixers", each a key part of the bridges' construction. However, if they want to build the bridge successfully, they must work together and co-ordinate each of their roles with the rest of the team.
The programme will run from Wednesday 27th January to Thursday 3rd March with a number of senior civil engineers visiting the schools to inspire and educate students about the varied range of careers available to them.
Steve Dellow, Divisional Director of Civil Engineering for Peter Brett Associates, said it was "an amazing day" when he visited Highdown School on Wednesday to lead the programme. "The students were incredibly enthusiastic and very proud of what they managed to accomplish together. The feedback at the end of the first session was extremely positive."
Suzanne Moroney, ICE Director for South East England said:
"Bridges to Schools is a fantastic learning opportunity for students of all ages. By showing the basic principles of engineering in building a bridge, the students get a hands-on opportunity to experience what it is like to be a civil engineer in a fun and engaging environment.
Through the activities, they learn about the various skills required to be an engineer and are inspired to consider pursuing careers in the industry."
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