The Rochester Bridge Trust and its friendly education mascot Langdon the Lion have launched a new educational booklet for children aged 8 to 11 years old called Learning About Bridges. Written by Bridge Clerk and Chartered Civil Engineer Sue Threader, Learning about Bridges is informative, lively, colourful and interactive. The booklet uses the character of Langdon the Lion, the 'guardian of Rochester Bridge', to lead children through 12 easy-to-follow chapters, including 'The Language of Bridges', 'Loads and Forces' and the 'Bridge Building Challenge', appealing to both girls and boys.
President of the Institution of Civil Engineers Professor David Balmforth
and Bridge Clerk Sue Threader pose with Langdon the Lion
Learning about Bridges is much more than just a book; it is an education kit containing lesson plans for teachers to use in after school clubs and step by step directions for parents to use with their children at home. Describing it as “a project which is particularly close to my heart,” Sue Threader says, “I feel passionately that quality work with this age group is vital and will deliver the best returns in terms of encouraging more pupils to consider civil engineering for future study and a career.” You can read more about Sue’s educational work with schoolchildren on Hyder Insights Thought Leadership Forum.
Langdon the Lion and Professor David Balmforth in the ICE Library
reading Learning About Bridges