Pupils challenged to build a Commonwealth construction

Over 750 pupils take part in Build It every year

Over 750 pupils from primary schools across Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and North Derbyshire will take part in an exciting challenge to build an old and new town celebrating the diversity, energy and innovation across the Commonwealth, at this year’s ‘Build It’ event at Kelham Island Industrial Museum in Sheffield.

Using materials, including cardboard, felt, sticky tape, wood, paper, pipe cleaners and cotton bobbins, each team of pupils will create a building for the Commonwealth Village, which once created will be placed onto a 25m2 floor map.

The Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust work in partnership to organise Build It. 

The teams of pupils aged 5 to 11 from 75 primary schools will create buildings ranging from a place of worship, transport interchange, wind farm, sports stadium,  stately home, market hall and a school.

Some of South Yorkshire’s leading construction industry experts will be on hand to help the budding builders to design and construct their projects.  This fun-day challenge helps young people get to grips with science, technology and enterprise skills through working together to plan, cost and build a range of buildings, mechanisms and vehicles. It is through the young people's creativity that a community comes to life.

Rebecca Walton, Interpretation and Learning Officer at Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, explains: “Build It is a great chance for primary school pupils to work together in teams and learn more about the construction industry.  This event is action packed every day from start to finish, with pupils getting the chance to find out more about the issues that are associated with the construction industry.  We have experts from some of South Yorkshire’s leading construction companies here on hand to help, giving young people guidance and advice, which is all important as they start to learn more about the world of work.”

Build It supports key aspects of the national curriculum for Science, Technology, Geography and English.

The Centre for Science Education (CSE) is a research and business development unit specialising in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, but in particular, science.  CSE creates, manages and delivers resources, projects and initiatives to support teachers and students at all levels of education.

Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust offers learning programmes for all ages and abilities at all three historic sites: Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Shepherd Wheel. Build It is part of the Trust’s strategy to support the teaching of STEM subjects and to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

For further information please contact Rebecca Walton 0114 201 06250114 201 0625 email: r.walton@simt.co.uk or Pete Brown 0114 201 35110114 201 3511 email p.brown@simt.co.uk

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