9th July 1999

BRANSHOLME WOMEN BUILDING BRIDGES

 

Women from Bransholme are being challenged to build a bridge entirely from pasta as part of an ongoing programme to encourage more women to get interested in science.

 

A group from the Bransholme Women’s Centre was taken on a tour of the Humber Bridge by engineers from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

And next week, using nothing but pasta and glue, they will try to translate the knowledge gleaned from that trip into a real bridge.

 

Bridge master Roger Evans, gave a guided tour of the Humber Bridge to the Bransholme women, allowing them access to many features not normally accessible to the general public.

 

“Roger told us the history of suspension bridges and explained to us the background of the Humber Bridge,” said Trudy Harris, an Engineering lecturer at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside. “He showed us the structure of the bridge itself and told the group a little bit about what goes into the construction.

 

“On Thursday the women have to build a bridge of a certain span and height which will withstand a certain load of toy cars,” she added. “They can only use pasta and glue - probably cannelloni and lasagne to make it easier for them!”

 

The women were accompanied on their tour by pupils from Winifred Holtby School who are also working on a project with the university’s Department of Engineering.

 

The Women into Science project has been running since June and will continue until the end of August. The women will meet at the Bransholme Women’s Centre on Cookbury Close between 10am and 2pm on Thursday 15th July to try to meet the bridge-building challenge.

 

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Photographers are welcome. For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042) or the Bransholme Women’s Centre (tel: 01482 828755)