Your child has been using our Structural Engineer loans box in school. NUSTEM loans boxes are linked to STEM careers and contain original objects and replicas that can be handled and used as part of classroom activities. While using the resources in the boxes, children get the opportunity to try out and explore some of the skills, techniques, equipment and ideas that STEM professionals use on a day-to-day basis.
Our Structural Engineering loans box has the kit needed to challenge children to design and build a bridge from Knex, then test it using the weights provided. There are other challenges to complete such as building the tallest tower and investigating different shaped buildings.
Try this at home
Visit our STEM at home Bridge Building page to discover how to build a bridge strong enough for one of your cars or toys to cross. All you need is some materials from around your home or garden to build the strongest bridge possible.
Careers link- what is a structural engineer?
Structural engineers are focused on all aspects concerned with buildings and built structures, such as houses, hospitals, office blocks, bridges, oil rigs, ships and aircraft. They work to understand, predict and measure aspects such as the strength, stability and how rigid buildings are. They also work to develop new designs or modify the designs of buildings or structures which are to be constructed and are responsible for choosing the appropriate materials, such as concrete, steel, timber and masonry, to meet design specification.
Careers linked to the Structural Engineer loans box
Your child may have looked at these careers at school.
Each career has 3 personal qualities to focus on. We call these attributes. We want to show children that they already have the skills that they need to have a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM).