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Rocester pupils are building bridges

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 19, 2014

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ENGINEERS have took their skills to the classroom to help pupils build a bridge.

Civil engineers from Staffordshire County Council and Balfour Beatty, who are currently working on improvements to the Rocester by-pass, visited pupils at Ryecroft Middle School to teach them about what they do.

Project engineer Mark Snape and his team gave 52 year five pupils a chance to be civil engineers for the day by helping them to build a replica cable-stayed bridge in their school hall.

The 12.5 metre model bridge which belongs to the Institution of Civil Engineers, took each team about an hour to put together during an exercise which replicates the role of engineers.

The pupils wearing hard hats, hi-viz jackets and gloves, all worked together as a team to erect the bridge and finally tested it by walking across.

Head teacher Steve Bardon said: “On behalf of the school and all the pupils involved, can I say a big thank you to Mark Snape and his colleagues for organising the bridge build.”

Mr Snape said: “We have now organised several bridge building events with children in the county.

“As a civil engineer who is passionate about my profession it’s great to help youngsters to learn more about engineering and see them having such fun in the process.”

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