Pupils challenged to build a town on Mars


Pupils challenged to build a town on Mars

Over 600 pupils from primary schools across Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and North Derbyshire will take part in an exciting challenge to build a town on Mars, at this year’s ‘Build It’ event at Kelham Island Museum in Sheffield.

The teams of pupils aged 5 to 11 from 60 primary schools will create buildings ranging from a place of worship, hospital, energy generating station, housing,   farm and a school.

This year’s event is partly funded by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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.

Helen Gabbitas, Community 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.  

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. 

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