Engineering challenge boosts imagination

Tamworth’s engineers of tomorrow converged on the City Library on Thursday, tasked with constructing masterpieces out of straws and joining pegs.

The Great Engineering Challenge is a local school holiday program initiative, running in conjunction with the STEM program.

Customer Experience Librarian Narelle Lightfoot said the STEM program focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“It lets the children use their imagination to build and construct shapes – if they don’t work they have to problem solve and share ideas,” Mrs Lightfoot said.

“There are towers, house models, ramps to roll table tennis balls down and all sorts of things – the kids love it.

“It is a really popular exercise in schools and public libraries at the moment. STEM is used to get the kids to learn in creative ways and to get them interested in those fields.”

On Friday the City Library will be hosting their final school holiday activity. It will be an engineering challenge with Lego starting at 11am.


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