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Building Bridges – engineering model making workshop

Sat 16 Oct 2021, 11am - 12pm, 12.30pm - 1.30pm
Part of Shaping Space

This workshop is for children aged 9+. Parents and guardians are asked to accompany their children and are also welcome to join in.

Join us at the Shaping Space: Architectural Models Revealed exhibition to experience model making and discover how bridges work with Webb Yates Engineers. We will be playing and drawing, to learn how over time humans have solved the problem of easing circulation covering long distances over valleys and water.

Using spaghetti and marshmallows you will experience how model making can help us understand buildings and their structures. We will also be recreating a ‘living model’ of the famous Forth bridge in Scotland (1887).  Each participant will have a go at being a structural part of the celebrated engineering masterpiece: come and experience with your own body how forces run through a cantilever bridge and why it stands up!

The workshop will run in two sessions, from 11am - 12pm and again from 12.30pm - 1.30pm. Please only book for the timeslot you will attend.


This workshop is run thanks to the generous support of Webb Yates Engineers. It is part of the wider activities related to the Shaping Space: Architectural Models in Context project, funded by the AHRC, led by the V&A and the Building Centre.



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