Rochester Bridge Trust Learning about Bridges Education Kit
The Rochester Bridge Trust was founded in 1399 to provide a crossing over the River Medway in Kent. The Trust still provides free bridges today. The Trust is passionate about bridge building and wants to encourage young people to find out more about bridges and become as enthusiastic as we are!
Our education kit contains loads of information, fun activities and interesting facts. You can work through the whole kit, which contains a school term's worth of activities, or just try a session or two. It's up to you!
There are 12 different sessions which could be used in a STEM club for example; for a civil engineering themed day; within other curriculum topics, such as structures, rivers, or even the Romans; or for developing your science curriculum activities.
In the first resource, you will be able to learn about why bridges are so important to our lives, how the first bridges were built, and begin to learn the language of bridges. In the second and third sessions, you will be able to learn about the different types of load and forces on bridges and explore what makes beam bridges strong. Other sessions explore truss, arch and suspension bridges, as well as different materials and construction methods.
The resources are primarily aimed at key stage 2, but can be tailored to suit younger or older children as necessary.
All the resources, more information about the Rochester Bridge Trust and how we are supporting engineering education can be found here: http://www.rochesterbridgetrust.org.uk/