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The pipe bridge challenge

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The pipe bridge challenge

It's hands-on, it's fun! It requires lots of Knex resource (which would be provided for the duration of the event).

The session has been delivered many times for many years and schools/colleges typically pay a fee for the managed delivery of the session unless other funding arrangements are in place.

Sessions can be run with any age or abilities. It can be adapted and extended easily to include lots of industrial careers and project/enterprise careers.


Minimum of 10 participants, maximum of 90 participants.


Typically £200 to £300 excluding VAT for a day-long session and subject to additional mileage/travel/subsistence costs.


Ideally, a day-long event but can be adapted to suit student numbers and age/ability groups.

Typically this session is done as a competition and can be done as a number of sessions which can build up the skills of the teams gradually and can be used to foster the concept of continuous improvement, just like the real world of engineering & industrial design and projects/construction.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress 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


  • Materials
  • Forces

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Making predictions
  • Setting up tests
  • Observing and measuring
  • Interpreting and communicating results
  • Evaluating

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.

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

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

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

Good for a career in...

  • Aircraft
  • Construction
  • Design
  • Transport
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