Report: Bridges & Domes - A Family Workshop 11th July

21st July 2009

On a drizzly summers’ day children and their parents got stuck in to some fun bridge building activities working alongside engineers, architects, technicians and artists at Rook Lane Chapel.

Using simple materials such as carpet rolls, string & tape they created their own cantilever bridge projecting out from the stone pillars of the 18th century building.

While the cantilevers were under construction a small group worked on the central simply supported truss section and another on a newspaper boat to sail beneath the completed bridge. Simple engineering ideas such as strength & stability were brought to life as string bracing and mail tape connection reinforcement were required.

Finally the bridge was bravely load tested by a small child and was deemed ‘fit for purpose’.


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Christ College, Brecon: Bridging the World Exhibition

3 April – 29 May 2010

Christ College,
Brecon Powys

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The Building Centre: Bridging the World Exhibition

Mon 7 Sept – Sat 10 Oct 2009

The Building Centre
Store Street

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Rook Lane Chapel: Bridging the World Exhibition & Events

Sat 13 June - Sat 24 July 2009

Rook Lane Chapel
Bath Street
Frome, Somerset
BA11 1DN

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