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MerseySTEM Supports Catalyst Bridges To Schools Launch
Today The Institution of Civil Engineers launches a fun new educational facility at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre to help give local school pupils a taste of civil engineering.
A 13m long, 2.8m high prefabricated bridge like the nearby Mersey Gateway will be constructed by students… and MerseySTEM’s Managing Director Michelle Dow is there!
The first people to build the new bridge are pupils from Widnes Academy, who have put on their hard hats and high-vis jackets to erect the bridge as part of its official launch.
VIPs attending include Mayor of Halton Cllr Ellen Cargill, representatives of the Institution of Civil Engineers (the leading professional body which has provided the bridge) and Merseylink (the consortium which is building the nearby Mersey Gateway).
Cllr Ellen Cargill, Mayor of Halton who formally launched the bridge, said: “I am proud to launch this project. The young people today are the civil engineers of tomorrow and with Halton being such a vibrant, innovative borough we hope they are inspired to work in the area when they attain the valuable skills we need.”
Michelle Dow, Managing Director of Mersey STEM, said: “This kind of activity is always popular with schools and pupils. They have a lot of fun but they also pick up a real feel for some of the challenges of civil engineering. It’s a great way of giving young people an insight into engineering, and we’re delighted to have this bridge based at Catalyst.”
From October, schools around the North West will be able to book bridge-building sessions at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre. The bridge can also be transported to schools for sessions on-site, with expert assistance provided by supervisors from the Institution of Civil Engineers.
What an amazing project!
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