On Wednesday the 2nd March WES Bath visited the 1st Bath Rainbows and the 41st Bath Brownies. We kicked off the sessions by asking if they knew what an engineer was and getting them to share what skills they thought an engineer would need. It was great to see how many of them already knew something about engineering and we were then able to build on this by sharing the areas that each of the volunteers were interested in.
We then introduced the spaghetti and marshmallow tower building challenge and gathered the children around a big table for them to start building in pairs. The Rainbows were aiming to build the tallest tower, whilst the Brownies needed to build a tower that could support the most weight. They really enjoyed getting stuck into the building and the WES Bath volunteers were able to provide tips (such as triangles being the strongest shape).
We finished off the Rainbow session by seeing who had built the tallest tower and asking what they had learned.
At the end of the Brownie session, we tested how many coins their towers could hold and again discussed what new skills they had learned. Overall, the session was a great success with both the children and volunteers having lots of fun!
Emma Priestley (Outreach Manager, WES Bath)