Meinhardt UK has been keen to promote engineering and take an active role in showing the wider public the work we do and its impact throughout their everyday lives. We also regularly take part in events that try to inspire the next generation of engineers and those who will shape tomorrow’s built environment.
As part of this regular commitment, Dean Welch and Philippe Ayache from our Structures team here in London went to Thomas Fairchild Primary school in Hoxton on Friday the 25th of May. This was in partnership with the Inspire! It is an Education Business Partnership working in Hackney, Camden and neighbouring boroughs. They are an independent and local charity that supports the education, training and development of young people by forming mutually beneficial partnerships between businesses and schools. For more information please visit: (http://www.inspire-ebp.org.uk/)
Dean and Philippe spent the afternoon with the year 1 classes explaining to them what engineering is, what their day to day job is and showing them pictures of some of the projects they have done and most importantly getting them to have a hands-on go at making a building with spaghetti and marshmallows.
“Oh and trying to make sure the kids didn’t eat the marshmallows, despite their sneaky attempts when we weren’t looking!! Maybe we should try using grapes instead of marshmallows as joints in the spirit of the healthy eating in schools campaigns!”