The Mersey Gateway Project

Lego lessons in bridge building inspires schoolchildren

June 12, 2017Chris SealeyNews

Mersey Gateway volunteers have been giving lessons with Lego as part of a programme to find the next generation of civil engineers.

Merseylink – the construction joint venture building the iconic Mersey Gateway bridge – has been offering the special lessons to local primary schools so children can find out how to become bridge builders when they grow up.

Mersey Gateway volunteers visited Lunts Heath Primary School, in Widnes, to view Year 5 pupils’ presentations on the new bridge and what it would mean for the area.

Jill Irlam, a Year 5 teacher at the school, said the presentations were the culmination of six weeks’ of work that had focused on the new Mersey Gateway bridge.

She said her pupils had been “inspired” by the project, and excited about using Lego to explore the design of the bridge; with many now talking about becoming civil engineers themselves.

“They’ve absolutely loved this project. Their work has involved them looking at all aspects of the Mersey Gateway bridge, as well as learning about different types of bridges, and how they are built,” she said.

“The project and the Mersey Gateway volunteers, many of them former engineers themselves, have given the children a great insight into what it’s like to be an engineer. It’s been very positive.”

The children have learnt what civil engineering is and what civil engineers do, how structures are built and what makes a well-built bridge. Pupils are then given the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test by using Lego to explore different ways of building bridges.

Karen Nicholson, Merseylink’s Liaison Officer, said: “The Mersey Gateway is one of the biggest infrastructure projects currently underway in the UK and it’s right on the doorstep of our local primary schools.

“We hope these sessions will encourage children to think about becoming civil engineers when they are older.”

The sessions are aimed at 6-11 year olds. Primary schools interested in hosting a Lego lesson can email Merseylink at info@merseylink.com