Secondary School Students to participate in Bridge Building Challenge

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September 2014 will see pupils from secondary schools across the region compete to create the longest newspaper bridge as they celebrate the 150th birthday of the Clifton Suspension Bridge at At-Bristol.

The challenge is a joint initiative between the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust, At-Bristol and the Architecture Centre and will be supported by a free educational resource about the physics of bridges, distributed free of charge to schools. Following project work in the classroom, schools will be invited to send their own winning teams to compete in the regional event.

Following the rules of the original competition to design the Clifton Suspension Bridge with points awarded for strength, cost and design, the challenge will take place on Monday 22nd September, the date the Suspension Bridge was inspected by Sir Stanley Livingstone and members of the British Association for the Advancement of Science 150 years earlier.

Chris Booy, Chair of the Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust said “We are proud to be working with At-Bristol and the Architecture Centre on an event that will inspire and encourage Bristol’s young engineers, helping them to understand one of Bristol’s most iconic structures.”

Schools wishing to take part in the challenge should contact Laura Hilton, Visitor Services Manager, Clifton suspension bridge on visitinfo@cliftonbridge.org.uk to request a resource pack.
 

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