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Bailey bridge project inspires pupils

YORKSHIRE ASSOCIATION has been putting budding civil engineers to the test with a challenge to construct the Rotherham Bailey Bridge.

The bridge, a 6m scale model of the structures made famous for their use in military operations, was designed and built by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in partnership with Rotherham College of Arts and Technology.

Five teams from Rotherham Secondary Schools took part to build the bridge at the Rotherham Show, held on 9-10 September. Each team numbered eight members, aged between 12 and 18.

KimberworthComprehensive School saw off the competition with a winning time of 1 hour 26 minutes.

The Yorkshire Association has been delighted by the way the event captured public attention, with considerable coverage in the regional press.

The association says it now hopes the bridge will be useful for demonstrating to children that engineering can be both challenging and fun. The early signs are good, as the bridge is already in great demand from schools across the region.

The bridge will next be on display at the Millennium Dome on 30 September, as part of Rotherham's 'Day at the Dome'.

Dundee has gone one step further in seeking to infiltrate the minds of potential scientists and engineers by designing the new Science Centre specifically with pre-GCSE 7-12 year olds in mind.

The £5M scheme was devised by the city's internationally renowned biomedical research centres and received full Government backing.

The centre opened this summer and has already proven to be extremely popular with the children most of whom, according to project manager David Robertson, are more than a little reluctant to leave.

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