October 01 2016 | Views: 1121
Kent and Medway
Young people enjoyed a day of science-related activities at a free community event on Saturday 1st October at Nucleus Arts Chatham, and bridge building was part of the fun.
The Rochester Bridge Trust was pleased to meet more than 200 children at the recent Medway Fun Palace, which aimed to encourage an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Children as young as two attended the Trust’s stand, where Education Officer Aileen White was hosting bridge building activities with the help of STEM Ambassador volunteers.
The youngsters, who were mostly aged four to eight, experimented with bridge building techniques using K’Nex, learning about forces and strength as they built their own truss and beam bridges.
Aileen White explained: “It’s a delight to see children and their parents learning and discovering together. Making engineering fun inspires the civil engineers of the future!”
“Learning through play is a positive way to engage people of any age and it was great to see them thinking about their structures and learning about the different forces involved.”
The strength of the bridges was then tested using water bottles, helping to show the young people how successful their creations were.