Year 10 students at Liskeard School & Community College recently visited the STEM Hub at Plymouth City College, where they assembled a 15-metre suspension bridge.

The Institute of Civil Engineers worked with the students to build the bridge which was a 15-metre long, cable-stayed bridge, which is the same design as the Second Severn Crossing.

The STEM Hub is a state-of-the-art interactive teaching and exhibition space, designed for schools to promote interest and awareness in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

The visit and task at hand required students to take what they have learned in recent lessons, such as knowledge of framed structures, calculating static loads, tensile/compressive forces, factor of safety, torsion and bending, and put this knowledge into a ‘real world’ context.

The students were given specific civil engineering roles such as joiners, transporters and fixers. Tyler Bradbury was the Project Manager, and was responsible for ensuring that all students worked efficiently in this amazing team building exercise.

They worked in well organised teams to assemble and disassemble the bridge. The students also had the chance, on completion, to walk across the bridge they had built to prove that the bridge was functional which the students very much enjoyed!

 STEM Hub visit 1

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STEM Hub visit 2

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