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Staff at Analox helped children consider a career in engineering at a recent STEM day.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) day was held at Inspire 2 Learn in Middlesbrough. The day gave children aged between eight and eleven the opportunity to find out more about science and how it affects the world around them.

The Analox team got involved by telling children about the different types of bridges used around the world, from suspension bridges (The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco) to cantilever bridges (The Forth Bridge in Edinburgh) all the way through to ferry bridges (Middlesbrough’s very own Transporter Bridge).

The children then split up into teams and set to creating their own bridges out of straws, sticky tape and paperclips. The final test was to check to see if the bridge was structurally sound enough to hold an Analox Aspida (which weighs 355g). In one session, all three teams bridges passed the test so a full water bottle was used as a tiebreaker.

Analox are regular visitors to Inspire 2 Learn, attending a similar session in September last year.

Emma Harbottle, Operations Director, attended the event. She said: “It was a great feeling to see the children getting so engaged with the task and there were lots of fantastic bridge designs. One group got so involved in the bridge building that they were late for their lunch!

We’d like to thank Inspire 2 Learn for having us and we hope that the day has inspired some of the children to consider a career in STEM.”

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