Monmouth pupils recreate Severn Crossing

South Wales Argus: INTRODUCTION: Students get stuck in at  Llandogo Primary INTRODUCTION: Students get stuck in at Llandogo Primary

ENGINEERS of tomorrow have been creating their own mini version of the Second Severn Crossing at school.

Pupils at Llandogo Primary School in Monmouth spent a day building a 15-metre replica of the iconic bridge.

The children, aged seven to ten, were given a demonstration by Chepstow’s Mabey Bridge, in conjunction with the Institute of Civil Engineers, aimed at introducing younger children to engineering.

It was suggested by Angharad Wrigley, a technical services engineer at Mabey Bridge, who has two children, Lucas and Elliott, at the school.

Ms Wrigley said: “Mabey Bridge does a lot with local schools, colleges and universities, so was delighted to support the event. The children loved the exercise and when we asked who would like a career in engineering at the end of the day they all put their hands up.”

School head teacher Katie Pingree said: “The children really enjoyed building the bridge, and it was a perfect exercise to help with the design, technology and science project we have been working on, which is all about bridging through the ages.”

Chris Droogan, CEO at Mabey Bridge, said: “South Wales has a rich heritage in steel engineering, and the passion for engineering runs deep in the people of the region. Hopefully this event inspired a future generation of engineers.”

Four engineers from Laing O’Rourke also attended on behalf of the Construction Industry Training Board.

Mabey Bridge will also donate £250, to be used on other educational activity.

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11:00pm Wed 4 Dec 13

bobbajob says...

Really good , well done the teachers and kids
Really good , well done the teachers and kids bobbajob

11:22am Thu 5 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says...

This is the sort of lesson children can really profit from for many years to come. Just like the private company that built the real bridge profits from our tolls.
This is the sort of lesson children can really profit from for many years to come. Just like the private company that built the real bridge profits from our tolls. _Bryan_

3:58pm Thu 5 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

_Bryan_ wrote:
This is the sort of lesson children can really profit from for many years to come. Just like the private company that built the real bridge profits from our tolls.
its the french that profit from the real bridge isnt it?

that model is bloody impressive!
[quote][p][bold]_Bryan_[/bold] wrote: This is the sort of lesson children can really profit from for many years to come. Just like the private company that built the real bridge profits from our tolls.[/p][/quote]its the french that profit from the real bridge isnt it? that model is bloody impressive! whatintheworld

4:02pm Thu 5 Dec 13

whatintheworld says...

for those wondering who owns the real bridge -

35% John Laing, British developer infrastructure operator
35% Vinci, French concessions and construction company
15% Bank of America, American multinational banking and financial services corporation
15% Barclays Capital, British multinational investment bank
for those wondering who owns the real bridge - 35% John Laing, British developer infrastructure operator 35% Vinci, French concessions and construction company 15% Bank of America, American multinational banking and financial services corporation 15% Barclays Capital, British multinational investment bank whatintheworld

7:42pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Limestonecowboy says...

This is about grabbing the imagination of children to do something practical in their careers like Building & Civil Engineering. If you want to moan about politics go elsewhere.
This is about grabbing the imagination of children to do something practical in their careers like Building & Civil Engineering. If you want to moan about politics go elsewhere. Limestonecowboy

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