Engineering workshops inspire Fenland students

A student has a go at making a paper bridge during one of the Fenland Engineering Taster events.
A student has a go at making a paper bridge during one of the Fenland Engineering Taster events.

Around 100 Year 10 students have enjoyed a taste of engineering thanks to a series of events planned by the University of Cambridge.

Students from the Neale Wade Academy in March, Cromwell Community College in Chatteris, Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech, Ely College, Witchford Village College, and Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey, took part in this year’s Fenland Engineering Taster programme, which ran at Metalcraft in Chatteris.
The taster events included a bridge-building challenge followed by a tour around Metalcraft with the firm’s apprentice coordinator, Neil Kirby.
The students were asked to build a bridge across a one-metre gap using only paper, key rings and steel nuts and bolts. After receiving a crash course in bridge design, teams competed to build a bridge with the lowest ‘mass to mass carried ratio’, with each bridge being tested to breaking point by weights being hung to it.
• A Thomas Clarkson Academy pupil is pictured above building his paper bridge. Photo: SUPPLIED