Inspiring the next generation of engineers in Great Yarmouth
Pupils living closest to the site of the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing took part in a bridge building workshop on Monday as part of their school's 'Aspiration Week'.
Year 6 students were joined by representatives from BAM Farrans, the joint venture contractor team constructing the new bridge on behalf of Norfolk County Council. They talked them through the project before leading a bridge building exercise with K'NEX building kits.
The children were split into teams and asked to build a bridge over a sheet of A4 paper, capable of holding a 50 gram load, with extra points for moving parts and added design features.
Roles were assigned as engineers, project managers and even accountants to cost all the materials which were used.
Cllr Graham Plant, Great Yarmouth Mayor and Norfolk's cabinet member for economic growth said:
"It's fantastic to see the impact this project is already having on young people in our local communities and encouraging them to develop careers in these key areas will benefit both them and our economy for many years to come".
Craig Honey, Principal at Edward Worlledge Ormiston Academy said:
"Our Aspiration Week is designed to help our students think about their goals for the future and what better way to further their interest than engaging them directly in something they see every day. Construction and engineering are key sectors for our growing region with many rewarding career paths for our young people to consider but whatever their aspiration it's about giving them belief they can achieve their goal."
Malcolm McAllister, Community Engagement lead at BAM Farrans said:
"As well as creating over 50 full time positions for local people, we have provided work experience and training at all levels of the project and engaged with thousands of students across the county by attending numerous careers events, giving presentations in high school assemblies and running bridge-building workshops for primary age children such as these. These activities are a great way to increase children's interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects."
Quotes from children taking part:
"I enjoyed spending time with my friends while learning new things."
"I enjoyed looking at other peoples designs and learning new skills from everyone."
"Our bridge won the competition because it was stable when it was moving."
"I really enjoyed this activity because I love building things."