On Wednesday 14th May, P4-7 visited the Forth Replacement Crossing education centre as part of their Science and Technology topic on Bridges.
Pupils learned about the work of Civic Engineers (who design bridges) and the forces that act on bridges. They learned about some of the different types of bridges (when the new bridge opens in 2016, the Forth will boast three different types of bridge – cantilever, suspension and cable stay – from three different centuries) and about the construction techniques being used to build the new bridge.
Pupils worked co-operatively to build tetrahedrons (triangular based pyramids) to investigate the structural strength of triangles and worked with plan and elevation schematics to build a truss bridge. We may just have a few budding engineers in our midst!