Decisions at 18 – Motivational Bridge Building

This event, as part of our wider STEM Ambassador programme was specifically tailored to suit a newly formed group of Year 12 students, who plan to enter the world of work after completing Sixth Form. The main aims of this event were to encourage team building, as well as providing an introduction to the non-academic routes available.

On arrival, the students were engaged in team building exercises, which gave the opportunity to observe individual personalities, as well as the team dynamics.

Then our STEM Ambassadors discussed the decisions which they made after leaving school and how they started their own career in Construction. They spoke about the main responsibilities of their role, where they started in the business and the progression they have made within their careers. They discussed how the business sponsored them through higher education, through day release from work, in order to gain both experience and qualifications simultaneously.

We went on to the paper bridge building activity. For this activity we challenged the students to construct the strongest paper bridge, which would be tested using weights. During design, planning and construction, we spoke to the teams about their builds, and advised them to think about their structures, in order to target the weakest areas. All of the teams worked well together and had production lines set up in order to maximise efficiency. The winning bridge held a whopping 10kg and was still intact!

The day played out really well, staff and students were very welcoming and engaging throughout the day which made the experience very enjoyable and worthwhile.

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