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A challenge bar none for Bletchingley pupils
10:17pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Local News
It was a challenge bar none when pupils of the Hawthorns School in Bletchingley were set the task of building a bridge from paper which could hold as many Mars bars as possible – against the clock.
The Year 7 and 8 pupils in the school's after-school STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) club were set the challenge by a party of special visitors.
Eight employers of Atkins, an engineering and design company based in Epsom, visited the Hawthorns to talk to the students about what a career in science and engineering is really like. And as well as telling them all about their jobs, they also set them the engineering challenge of building a bridge from four pieces of A4 paper - which could hold as many Mars bars as possible.
Jo Rogers, marketing assistant at the Hawthorns, said: “With only ten minutes to complete the task, the pressure was really on.
“They all did amazingly well with the winning bridge holding a massive 24 Mars bars!”
Ms Rogers said STEM club will continue to work with the Atkins staff throughout the term and hopefully some of the pupils might even consider going into a science and engineering career in the future.