Schoolchildren create life on mars at Kelham Island Industrial Museum

Bentley High Street at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe
Bentley High Street at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Kelham Island Museum was invaded by aliens and spaceships yesterday.

More than 100 schoolchildren from across South Yorkshire took part a challenge to build a town on Mars at the Build It event at the museum.

Elliott Bainbridge, of St Joseph's Primary School glues on the roof of his recycling centre at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe

Elliott Bainbridge, of St Joseph's Primary School glues on the roof of his recycling centre at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe

The teams of pupils aged 5 to 11 from 15 primary schools created buildings ranging from a place of worship, hospital, houses schools, and funfair rides made out of cardboard, felt, sticky tape, wood, paper, pipe cleaners and cotton bobbins as well as electrical items such as motors and lightbulbs.

Some of South Yorkshire’s construction industry experts were also hand to help the budding builders to design and construct their projects.

The fun-day helped young people get to grips with science, technology and enterprise skills.

Helen Gabbitas, community and learning officer at Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust said: “They are given vouchers to ‘buy’ materials, they have to work together and there’s the chance to use batteries and gears and all sorts of mechanisms so it involves a lot of skills.”

Matthew Diacon, of Nether Green Primary School fixes the battery powered crane at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe

Matthew Diacon, of Nether Green Primary School fixes the battery powered crane at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe

Shane Frith, a teacher at St Marie’s Catholic School in Sheffield said: It’s a chance for the children to develop their creative skills and to learn how to work together as a team. There’s quite a lot of technical materials involved like cogs, and moving parts.

“Some of our children are making a big Ferris wheel so that is quite challenging. And ultimately this is just a really enjoyable day out for us and be creative and have fun.”

Finlay Moody, aged 11, who attends the school on Fulwood Road said: “It has to be space related so we have made a balloon with some aliens in it.

“It’s nice to have a change from school and you are trusted to go and do a lot on your own like use the glues and wood. It’s all about responsibility and we are learning new things.”

Southfield Primary School at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe

Southfield Primary School at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe

This year’s event is partly funded by the Institute of Engineering and Technology and will be held all week for different schools.

Maxine Sorsby, a teacher at St Theresa’s Catholic School said: “It gets them talking and communicating. It’s great to be outside the classroom.”

Maisie Johnston, aged 11, who attended St Theresa’s built a space-themed carousel decorated with suns, moons and stars.

She said: “It’s been a really fun day, we’ve been able to draw something and then make it together which has been good.”

Kyrante Dacosta, of Barrow Hill Primary School fixes the solar panels to the roof at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe

Kyrante Dacosta, of Barrow Hill Primary School fixes the solar panels to the roof at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe

Millie Culpitt-Smith, of Mundella Primary School makes a bar at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe

Millie Culpitt-Smith, of Mundella Primary School makes a bar at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Abby Vickers, Karol Zilinski and Hannah Linacre, of St Theresa's Primary School put lifeboats on the side of their boat at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Abby Vickers, Karol Zilinski and Hannah Linacre, of St Theresa's Primary School put lifeboats on the side of their boat at the Build It event at Kelham Island. Picture: Andrew Roe