Construction group helps Isle of Ely pupils become bridge builders for the day

Pupils at the Isle of Ely school used LEGO bricks to construct bridges thanks to construction company, Kier.

Pupils at the Isle of Ely school used LEGO bricks to construct bridges thanks to construction company, Kier.

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Children at a school in Ely have been given an insight into the world of civil engineering thanks to a leading construction and services group.

Pupils at the Isle of Ely school used LEGO bricks to construct bridges thanks to construction company, Kier.Pupils at the Isle of Ely school used LEGO bricks to construct bridges thanks to construction company, Kier.

Kier, which has recently opened a new office at the Cambridge Research Park, donated several LEGO kits to youngsters at the Isle of Ely Primary school, and set them a challenge to build the most impressive structure in under an hour.

Students were tasked with building a structure that could be as tall, wide or as long as they liked – as long as it resembled a bridge.

Pupils were given a LEGO keyring to keep as a souvenir and the school will be using the donated kits for other activities.

Sean Jeffery, Kier executive director for infrastructure and utilities, said: “At Kier, we’ve taken a leading role in developing young people and talent coming in to the industry and we’re excited to be working with schools across the country to give pupils a taste of bridge building.

Pupils at the Isle of Ely school used LEGO bricks to construct bridges thanks to construction company, Kier.Pupils at the Isle of Ely school used LEGO bricks to construct bridges thanks to construction company, Kier.

“I hope we’ve inspired a few of them to explore civil engineering as a career path when they’re older.

“We’ve had some great feedback from the schools we’ve worked with so far and we’re looking forward to continuing our work with ICE to raise the profile of the sector even more.”

Bryony Surtees, headteacher at Isle of Ely Primary School, said: “The children were very excited when they were told they would be working with the builders who built their new school. They really enjoyed the morning and worked brilliantly in their teams to build LEGO bridges. A big thank you to Kier for asking us to take part.”

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