Monmouth pupils recreate Severn Crossing

10:08pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

ENGINEERS of tomorrow have been creating their own mini version of the Second Severn Crossing at school.

Pupils at Llandogo Primary School in Monmouth spent a day building a 15-metre replica of the iconic bridge.

The children, aged seven to ten, were given a demonstration by Chepstow’s Mabey Bridge, in conjunction with the Institute of Civil Engineers, aimed at introducing younger children to engineering.

It was suggested by Angharad Wrigley, a technical services engineer at Mabey Bridge, who has two children, Lucas and Elliott, at the school.

Ms Wrigley said: “Mabey Bridge does a lot with local schools, colleges and universities, so was delighted to support the event. The children loved the exercise and when we asked who would like a career in engineering at the end of the day they all put their hands up.”

School head teacher Katie Pingree said: “The children really enjoyed building the bridge, and it was a perfect exercise to help with the design, technology and science project we have been working on, which is all about bridging through the ages.”

Chris Droogan, CEO at Mabey Bridge, said: “South Wales has a rich heritage in steel engineering, and the passion for engineering runs deep in the people of the region. Hopefully this event inspired a future generation of engineers.”

Four engineers from Laing O’Rourke also attended on behalf of the Construction Industry Training Board.

Mabey Bridge will also donate £250, to be used on other educational activity.

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