Taking a walk across the replica Second Severn Crossing which was constructed in the classsroom!
Talented students across Rhondda Cynon Taf are busy ‘building bridges’ with contractors of the multi-million-pound Sobell development at Aberdare.
They have been attempting to rebuild a scale model of the Second Severn Crossing - in their classroom!
The inspiring building project designed to allow pupils to create their very-own cable-stayed bridge has brought great excitement to schools throughout the County Borough.
The Bridge to Schools project was created by the Institution of Civil Engineers Wales, and is currently being managed by Construction Skills, in conjunction with Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and their contractors BAM Nuttal Ltd.
The massive £50m education, leisure and community site on the outskirts of Aberdare town centre, once completed, will be the largest of its kind in the region and will offer an outstanding community facility for all.
Contractors have been working throughout the summer months on the new road infrastructure linking the site off the A4059 Aberdare By-pass.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Frontline Services, Cllr Andrew Morgan, said: “This is an excellent project for young children to participate in as it really demonstrates to them just some of the detail involved in delivering such a project as the Sobell development at Aberdare.
“The children at Aberdare Church in Wales School were certainly inspired by it as I’m sure so many others will be as the scheme visits other schools throughout the County Borough.”
The Sobell site will create a mixed-use education and leisure development - the largest of its kind in the County Borough - comprising of a new secondary school for up to 1,600 pupils and caretaker's lodge.
It will also consist of a replacement sport and leisure facility for the existing Michael Sobell Sports Centre, athletics track and stadium, multi-use games courts, skate park, public playground, and associated highway, parking and landscaping works.
Bridge To Schools allows students aged nine to 11 combine their practical talents to build a 15-metre long and three metre high, model cable-stayed bridge, which is in the same design as the Second Severn Crossing.
The innovative construction, which is made from plywood and aluminium sections can be completed within 90 minutes.
The construction team visited Aberdare Church in Wales School and introduced the youngsters to the work of civil engineers, from materials and construction to health and safety issues.
The event is designed to give pupils the opportunity to construct a substantial structure using simple methods, learn more about health and safety and develop team-building skills.
On completion the pupils were even able to walk across the bridge they had built.