Pier in a box

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Reconstruction

One of the major parts of The Pier's Tale project was the piling and construction work on the pier itself.

This was used to help pupils and students learn more about engineering and construction, particularly related to their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) activities in school and college.

So far over 1500 pupils and students have explored the themes of construction, materials and design, both in the classroom and by visiting the pier.

Model worker

The travelling 'Pier in a Box' involved hands on discovery activities and construction challenges.

It included designing, building and testing model piers to destruction and comparing lots of different materials.

It also encouraged the investigation of shape and space and the underpinning principles of engineering in construction.

Pupils also used technology to control navigational lighting on their model piers. The use of timber for the work encouraged interesting discussion about the use of tropical hardwood and other important global resources in the future.

Career around the coast

Including all aspects of The Pier's Tale project in our talks and activities provides an insight into a coastal heritage restoration project and all the jobs associated with it.

Working with contractors J T Mackley, pupils and students have been able to experience visiting the construction site, use surveying equipment and learn from many of the people involved in the work.

The project also encouraged young people on the Isle of Wight to consider the many different courses and careers in coastal or marine management, engineering, heritage and scientific research.

Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners hopes to continue its work with schools and colleges as well as many of the other elements of The Pier's Tale project. If you're interested in any aspect of the project please visit yarmouthpier.org to find out more, or get in touch at yarmouthpier@gmail.com.

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