STEM activity ‘Bridges to Schools’

This week, Balfour Beatty and Perth and Kinross Council led students at local schools in Perth in a three day practical exercise to build and test scale models of a 15 metre cable-stayed bridge, provided by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) regional education team.

The popular year-round event, ‘Bridges to Schools’, aims to promote the benefits of careers in civil engineering and the positive impact the profession has on society. Over 189 pupils across three local schools, Perth Grammar, St John’s RC Academy and Ruthvenfield Primary School, participated in the event, learning about the importance of safe working practices and collaboration as well as the engineering properties involved in building a bridge including; counter weights, towers in compression and cables in tension.

Ken Brown, Project Director for Balfour Beatty’s Perth Transport Futures project, said:

“We are dedicated to engaging with the local community and our future workforce. ‘Bridges to Schools’ is yet another excellent example of the positive activity that we can undertake to inspire and educate the next generation. I would like to thank the dedicated teams from both Balfour Beatty and Perth and Kinross Council for facilitating this important event and would like to congratulate all students who rose to the challenge.”

Jillian Ferguson, Project Manager, Perth and Kinross Council, said:

“It was great to see pupils of various ages engaging with the project team and gaining an informative insight into Civil Engineering”.

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