STEM at Tower Bridge

Date Posted: 10/02/2015

Workshop: Crunching Codes and Raising Roads
Provider: Tower Bridge, London
Subjects: Science, ICT, History, D & T
KS: 2

An iconic London landmark, Tower Bridge offers an immersive and interactive experience.

The learning team has developed a range of exciting workshops and cross-curricular sessions to give pupils the chance to explore the bridge’s fascinating 120-year history.

As well as the STEM focused Crunching Codes and Raising Roads, there is another session focusing on local history and the separate standalone tour, Tower Bridge: A Capital Idea, is ideal for KS1 and KS2.

10:30am: Meet and greet by the learning team. The class will then be divided into two small groups, to ensure a high quality learning experience.  Group A will go on the tour, whilst Group B will take part in the workshop.

In the workshop, pupils will learn about the bridge in its modern day engineering context. They’ll work in teams to assemble a 3D printed model of Tower Bridge, which will bring to life its inner workings.

Once the structure is assembled, children will wire up a simple circuit and learn basic coding to raise their very own Tower Bridge.

The Crunching Codes and Raising Roads session also offers a facilitated tour of historic spaces not usually open to the public.

Much like the Victorian pedestrians who used the bridge when it was first built, pupils will climb the towers to 42 metres above the Thames, discovering the shapes and materials used inside that are hidden beneath the outer layers of Portland stone.

Once up in the exhibition space, they will gain an understanding of why the bridge needed to be built and why it was designed in the way it was.

They will also learn about other world-famous bridges as they explore the high level walkways and Great Bridges of the World exhibition.

11:15am: A break before moving to the Victorian engine rooms that house the original machinery and tell an incredible engineering story. Children are often awed by these mighty machines, but soon grasp the simpler scientific principles that operate the bridge.

12pm: Packed lunch in the Bridge Master’s Learning Centre, a dedicated learning space within the bridge.

12:30pm: Groups swap over for the afternoon’s activities.

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