As part of Waterman Aspen’s work with the local community, Area Manager Graeme Barella has visited Boldon School in South Tyneside to deliver a business enterprise project to a group of year 9 students.
After a short presentation about civil engineering and explaining the different pathways for students to get into the sector, Graeme set the students a business task to complete over the next 5 weeks. At the end of the 5 weeks, Graeme will then go back to the school to be part of a judging panel to assess their final product.
The students were set with the task of designing a ‘new crossing for the River Tyne’. The students have been briefed that Newcastle Council has won a major funding bid and commissioned Boldon Comprehensive School to carry out the design! This presents an opportunity for the students to showcase their creative side and produce the initial plans for the crossing.
Graeme spent the remainder of the lesson helping the students with their initial ideas and provided some engineering guidance. When asked about the work he’d seen, Graeme said:
The creativity on show from some of the students was great to see. We could definitely use some of those innovative minds in the engineering industry!
The project has intentionally been left open to interpretation to see what the students can come up with. There has already been ideas such as; an “aquarium-tunnel” under the river, a “viewpoint cafe” on a central bridge tower, as well as one student determined on incorporating a helipad. We’ll see how that one develops.
The final week will involve a presentation to a board of judges (think Dragon’s Den) where the students will showcase what they have designed. That is due to take place on Thursday 23rd May… Stay tuned!