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Replacing Brunel's Bridge

A new bridge is needed to cross a gorge! Students need to use their skills and creativity to design a bridge with help from engineering experts at WSP. 

Replacing Brunel's Bridge

An existing bridge is being made redundant to traffic and a new bridge is needed to carry the traffic over a gorge.

Over a series of sessions, WSP experts talk to the students about the different disciplines that contribute to a bridge design.

The students are split into groups and asked to put their new knowledge to use and come up with a design for a new bridge and produce a presentation to showcase their designs.


Minimum of 6 participants, maximum of 40 participants.


The experience can be tailored to the school and how much they would like to cover but previously it has been done over 12 weeks, with 6 x 1-hour sessions.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Energy and environment
    • General engineering
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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