After examining the basic principles behind various kids of bridges, pupils were divided into groups to design and then construct their own truss and suspension bridges. All groups were given access to the same materials to create a fair competition. Members of Bancroft's Maths, Physics and DT departments were on hand to offer further advice as and when necessary. Once the bridges were all complete, they were taken to be tested before the whole year group. Increasingly heavy weights were suspended from the bridges until they reached their literal breaking point. The breaking of the bridges was often accompanied by loud cheers from the excited pupils. The strongest bridge took an impressive 33k of weight. Not only did the pupils enjoy their introduction to engineering, but their communication and team work skills were all improved.
About Bancroft's School
Founded in 1737 at the bequest of Francis Bancroft, Bancroft's School is still proud of its links with the City and the Drapers Company. Bancroft’s is day school for 800 pupils (aged 11 to 18), situated in suburban north east London, on the fringes of Epping Forest. At the centre of the school is a beautiful Victorian quadrangle, beyond lies a cluster of modern buildings containing, amongst others, a multi-purpose sports hall, performing arts centre, art block, and sixth form centre.