Pupils challenged to build a seaside town


Caroline Key, CITB’s Shared Apprenticeship Scheme Coordinator for Yorkshire & Humber, with whom we work very closely has had a busy month in June! She was proud to support ‘Build It’ on 13th & 14th June.


Over 500 pupils from primary schools across Doncaster, Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and North Derbyshire took part in an exciting challenge to build a seaside town, 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 community, which once created was placed onto a 25m2 floor map.


The teams of pupils aged 5 to 11 from over 50 primary schools created buildings ranging from a place of worship, hospital, energy generating station, housing, farm and a school.


The event was part funded by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.


Some of South Yorkshire’s leading construction industry experts were on hand to help the budding builders to design and construct their projects.  This fun-day challenge helped 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 Manager at Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust, explained:


“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.


[Source: Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust]