Primary schools in Rochester, Maidstone and Tonbridge are to receive free education and teaching materials to encourage younger children to find out more about engineering.
The materials are available to all UK schools, families and after-school clubs. They are aimed at children aged between seven and 11 years old and have been compiled by the Rochester Bridge Trust charity.
The books and associated website offer 12 lesson plans involving bridge building, encouraging children to try out different techniques and think about the engineering challenges involved. The lessons and activities are guided by Langdon the Lion, the Trust’s mascot.
Langdon is inspired by the lion statues which sit on Rochester Old Bridge. The mascot has been raising awareness of the Trust’s learning materials and has visited bridges along the River Thames and across Kent. He also visited ICE’s headquarters to meet ICE President David Balmforth.
“I was very pleased to meet Langdon the Lion,” said Balmforth. “It is important that we encourage the next generation of civil engineers and promote fun and educational materials. Those produced by Rochester Bridge Trust, help to engage young minds.
“I’m confident that Langdon will make bridges and engineering fun for kids and inspire them to think about designing and building their own creations in the future.”
Rochester Bridge Trust representative and civil engineer Sue Threader, added: “As well as maintaining the bridges at Rochester and supporting the provision of other crossings along the River Medway, we also have a commitment to encourage young people to learn about civil engineering.
“These lesson plans - which are ideal for after school clubs or for use by families - are a fun way of doing just that, and with the help of Langdon the Lion we feel certain children will enjoy taking a hands-on approach to exploring bridge building.”
- For further information about the education packs, Rochester Bridge Trust and Langdon the Lion visit www.rochesterbridgetrust.org.uk