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Building bridges for a future career

Building bridges - Chantry Middle School pupils with the bridge used during the Building Skills event.

Building bridges - Chantry Middle School pupils with the bridge used during the Building Skills event.

A GROUP of Morpeth pupils discovered the key building blocks to a career in engineering.

The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East, assisted by A1+, took its 13metre scaled model cable-stayed bridge to Chantry Middle School and Technology College, where almost 150 students from both Chantry and Newminster middle schools worked to assemble the structure.

The bridge is used to give the students an insight into an civil engineering and allows them direct contact with professionals to help them understand more about the industry.

Technology Subject Leader Lisa Elliott said: “We have been really impressed by the ICE bridge workshops and all of the students from Newminster and Chantry who have taken part have thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“Students worked together to build the huge structure and were surprised that they could walk across it at the end of the exercise.

“It has been fantastic for the children to work with the volunteer civil engineers, who have shown them how the skills they are developing in their technology lessons could help with their potential future career.”

Pauline Vipond, who co-ordinates school activities for ICE North East, said that one of its key roles is to encourage more students to consider careers in the industry.

“One of the best ways to do this is to get into schools and engage with young people at an early age,” she said.

“The more informed young people are about a career path, the more likely they are to consider it as an option.”

 
 
 

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