Primary seven pupils in the Brechin cluster got hands on Civil Engineering experience at Brechin Community Campus last week.
The Bridges to Schools Scheme saw pupils from Edzell, Tarfside and Lethnot primary schools constructing a 15m cable-stayed bridge.
The scheme gives them an early insight into the challenges of Civil Engineering - while having some fun along the way.
Angus Council’s children and learning convener Councillor Sheena Welsh commented: “I’d like to congratulate all our young people who worked so well together to build the bridge. Improving educational attainment and achievement is one of the council’s top priorities and projects such as this are a valuable way of supporting the breadth of children’s experience.”
As well as learning about bridges and civil engineering, the young people also develop team-working skills and when the bridge is constructed they walk across it to understand the strength of the construction.
The scheme has been co-ordinated by Angus Council, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and principle contractors on the Brechin Flood Prevention Scheme, Morrison Construction. The event promoted as part of the Community Benefits associated with the Brechin Flood Prevention Scheme works and officers from the council, ICE and Morrison Construction were on hand to assist the young people building the bridge.
Angus Council’s communities vice-convener Councillor Jeanette Gaul said: “The Bridges to Schools scheme gives young people an early insight into the industry while having some fun along the way. There are a lot of inspirational engineering projects in Brechin, such as the new Brechin Community Campus and the Flood Prevention scheme. Bridges to schools has hopefully inspired the next generation of civil engineers and, who knows, in the future maybe they will be working on building the next community building here in Angus.”
Ryan Main, Senior Quantity Surveyor for Morrison Construction, added: “I hope this week’s Bridges to Schools event has provided a spark of interest and raised awareness of the wide range of careers available in engineering in a fun and engaging way. These young people are the future of our industry and if they can get an insight into the workings of it at such a young age, it will stand them in good stead for their own further development.”