Pupils from Ardrishaig Primary School enjoyed a visit from Argyll and Bute Council’s infrastructure design and roads and amenities team who went along to the school to share their expertise.
Primary five, six and seven pupils at Ardrishaig Primary are currently learning about bridge construction as part of a STEM Project (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
The council’s roads staff gave a presentation to pupils on bridges and created several models to bring the topic to life. The models allowed them to understand the design principles of several bridge types, as well as the experience of constructing and testing them.
The afternoon workshop gave the pupils hands on experience in constructing a culvert, a rope bridge, masonry arch bridge, reinforced concrete structure and cable-stayed bridge.
The children will now apply what they have learned when they design and build their own model bridges later in the term.
The Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly said: “This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to see how what they are learning can be applied to real life. We want our children to get the best possible start in life and it is extremely encouraging to see council services working together in order to achieve that.”