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Year 10 Engineering students build bridges to potential new careers in industry


A group of twenty Year 10 Engineering  students enjoyed an insight into industry at Metalcraft UK. The day was organised by the University of Cambridge’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) coordinators to encourage young people to consider a career in this expanding sector.


The day started with a bridge building tournament where students had to produce a high strength-to-weight ratio bridge to traverse a given span. After the tournament, students were given guidance on the various career avenues into engineering, including apprenticeships and higher education up to PhD level.


The day concluded with a tour of the plant which makes large engineering products including MRI scanners, luxury submarines, mobile water purification centres, diving and decompression chambers.


Students planning and making triangulated sections...
... and analysing bridge failure under load.