6th September 2016 • Tower Bridge Blog
Engineering Open House Day at Tower Bridge
On 29th July Tower Bridge Exhibition proudly participated in the Institute of Engineering & Technology’s second annual Engineering Open House Day. This initiative aims to encourage parents to support their children, in particular their daughters, in choosing careers in engineering and technology.
The day saw families visiting the Bridge to discover the science behind its ingenious construction and Victorian Engine Rooms, led by a member of our Learning team. A big surprise of the day was finding out what our steam pumping engines and a water pistol have in common!
Our engineering adventure didn’t stop there. Families then visited our Learning Centre and worked together to build and code their own mini models of the Tower Bridge bascules and piers.
Most excitingly, we had a Q&A session with one of our wonderful Senior Technical Officers, Glen Ellis, whose job it is to keep the Bridge running, and of course, to raise it for ships. Glen answered questions all about the engineering behind the Bridge, but what children (and adults!) really wanted to know was what the favourite part of his job was. There was no hesitation: raising the Bridge, of course!
Natalie, Education Officer