15 Jul 2016
Aspiring engineers take part in University STEM day
Year 8 students visited the University’s School of Civil and Building Engineering this month as part of an educational programme investigating railway connections.
The Great Central Railway has worked in partnership with Leicestershire Education Business Centre (LEBC) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to devise the student project as plans to create a new bridge over the Midland Main Line at Loughborough get underway.
To celebrate the culmination of the Great Central Railway project, the University hosted a ‘Bridge to the Future’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) day. Students from Woodbrook Vale School and Limehurst Academy presented their project work to Sir John Armitt, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, MP Nicky Morgan and academic staff.
PhD student Karen Banahene Blay gave a presentation on project management skills, and the school children who attended gained first-hand experience of building a small suspension footbridge, helped by real civil engineers. Students also took part in a building exercise of a 12 metre cable bridge.
For more information on the project, please click here