Schools can build bridges

Local primary school pupils are being given the chance to build their own bridge today (Friday) under the supervision of local civil engineers.

Dressed in engineer’s safety clothing – hard hat and fluorescent jacket – the primary four, five and six, pupils from Inverbrothock Primary school will construct a 12 metre-long cable-stayed bridge that they will then be able to walk across.

The Bridges to Schools programme is being brought to Inverbrothock by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Scotland with the assistance of Angus Council and Tayside Contracts. The activity aims to raise the awareness of civil engineering among young people and to encourage some to see it as a possible future career.

“The programme is intended to give pupils an early insight into the challenges of civil engineering,” said Sara Thiam, of ICE Scotland.