Wirral: Build a Bridge 'cross the Mersey

  • 26 Sep 2023 - 19 Jul 2024
  • £300 +VAT per class of up to 35 children

Location: Wirral only

What is the most eco-friendly way we can travel across the River Mersey?

We can famously catch the ferry across the Mersey; we can also drive or use public transport. What we can’t do is walk or cycle, which would be the best options for the environment. Science hasn’t found a way for us to walk on water (yet!!) but there is something we can do… build a footbridge! Yes, there’s a bridge already, but a) you can’t walk or cycle over it, and b) it’s a long way from Eureka! Science + Discovery.

This is where your students come in – we want them to design a brand new bridge across the Mersey!

Your students are the engineers for this ambitious project. The challenge seems simple: build a bridge over the River Mersey that people can walk or cycle across. Where will you start?

This workshop will feature fun challenges to get your students thinking laterally, exploration of our galleries to find inspiration, time in our classroom to come up with plans and designs, and share their proposals to the class in our theatre.

Curriculum Links

Students will think like inventors and engineers in this workshop that promotes working scientifically outside of the classroom and supports a variety of key skills and curriculum areas of study including:

  • English:
    – Giving short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point
  • Geography:
    – Understand, through the use of detailed place-based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in human geography
  • Art and Design:
    – To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
  • Design and Technology – Design:
    – Use research and exploration, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs
    – Identify and solve their own design problems and understand how to reformulate problems given to them
    – Develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations
    – Use a variety of approaches [for example, biomimicry and user-centred design] to generate creative ideas and avoid stereotypical responses
    – Develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modelling, oral and digital presentations and computer-based tools
  • Science – Chemistry:
    – The production of carbon dioxide by human activity and the impact on climate.
  • Science – Physics:
    – Energy
    – Motion and forces
    – Waves
    – Matter
  • Mathematics:
    – Ratio, proportion and rates of change
    – Geometry and measures
    – Statistics

Audience: Upper Key Stage 2 & Lower Key Stage 3
Duration: 2 hours 45 mins

Available selected dates:

Spring: 8 Jan – 22 Mar ’24
Summer: 8 Apr – 22 Jul ’24

Remember: We’re closed on Mondays during term time!

Visit include

  • Four hours at Eureka! Science + Discovery
  • Time to explore our galleries for inspiration
  • Trained Enablers to support your visit
  • Dedicated lunch space
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