Pupils from Stanley Drapkin School in Steeple Bumpstead were given an introduction to Civil Engineering yesterday when they were visited by Engineers from Jackson along with The Environment Agency and the construction industry mascot Ivor Goodsite.
Jackson is currently working to build new flood defences in Steeple Bumpstead for the Environment Agency, and representatives from both parties visited the school along with Ivor Goodsite to give an assembly to 200 pupils. The assembly involved an introduction to the flood defence project, and also raised pupils awareness to the dangers of playing on or near construction sites.
Pupils from Year 5 were then split into two groups; one half taking part in an art competition, and the other half carrying out an engineering challenge. The engineering challenge involved designing and building a model aqueduct out of plastic sheets, dowel and string, to supply a town with drinking water following an earthquake which had cut off the town's supply. The aim of the challenge was to give the pupils an awareness of engineering, and teach them about basic engineering principles.
Mary Nicholls, Head Teacher said: 'We are very grateful to Jackson and the Environment Agency for working with our school yesterday. The children came away with two very clear messages; They know about health and safety issues around construction sites and also about the important role of civil engineering. We all enjoyed meeting the builder, Ivor Goodsite!'
Engineers from Jackson often visit schools in the areas close to projects to teach children about Civil Engineering. Steve Balliston, Regional Engineer said: "We think it's really important to get involved with local schools to educate the engineers of the future. The UK currently has a shortage of engineers so by educating and encouraging students early on, we hope to inspire them to consider engineering as a career."