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Building Bridges to the Future

Future Brunels at bow of the ship

The search for new ss Great Britain Trust ‘Future Brunels’ enters its final round with a tough selection process.

On Wednesday 8 May, the engineering educational charity The Smallpeice Trust will set 48 children (ages 11-12) from four different schools the task of creating and testing aqueducts in the Brunel Institute, which sits alongside the historic ship in Bristol.

Three talented pupils from each school will be selected to join the Trust’s educational programme; which aims to inspire the next generation of Brunels and encourage children to pursue a career in science and engineering.
To kick off the selection process each school was set a challenge, led by Rolls-Royce and Brunel’s ss Great Britain, in which the children had to design and build a fan-powered car, and after which 12 children from each school were selected for the next round.
The ss Great Britain Trust’s Education Manager Dr Rachel Roberts explained;
“This is a challenging task but there will be lots of fun to be had on the day. We’ll be looking for enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn about science and engineering from the pupils taking part.”
Dr Roberts added; “We’re looking forward to discovering a new generation of young people who have what it takes to become a Future Brunel.”
The four schools involved are Bedminster Down School, Cotham School, Merchants’ Academy and Redland Green School.