Bridging the Gap
We are working with Highways England to promote engineering and the highway industry to young people in the community where we live and work.
Recently we were able to support a science fair at Oulton School in Leeds helping raise awareness of our industry as well as providing an insight into the world of engineering. A team of 8 from Highways England and STEM ambassadors from A-one+ presented an introduction to highways and what we do to keep the economy moving as well as the kind of career prospects available.
During the day we facilitated a bridge building competition using A4 recycled paper sheets rolled and shaped like straws as a practical way to highlight what could be involved in structural engineering. Around 120 pupils aged between 9 and 11 took part throughout the day separated into groups of 30. The winning bridge pictured below, held more than 7.5kg of weight and showed no signs of failure, we even ran out of weights to measure its strength.
In addition, we demonstrated traffic officer and forward response vehicles to the whole school, a total of 400 pupils, one class at a time.
Comment from the school following the science fair.
“It’s fantastic and was great to be involved. I had read about the STEM bridges to school’s events and it’s something the children really enjoyed. Thank you very much for getting in touch, it was all very much appreciated”.