South Yorkshire youngsters show they can really build it

On the ball: Youngsters construct a football stadium for their town as part of the Build It event.                 PICTURES: DEAN ATKINS
On the ball: Youngsters construct a football stadium for their town as part of the Build It event. PICTURES: DEAN ATKINS
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CAN we build it - yes we can!

More than 900 primary school pupils across Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley , Doncaster and north Derbyshire took part in an exciting challenge to build a small town showing historic buildings and new developments.

This year’s ‘Build It’ event at Kelham Island Industrial Museum in Sheffield saw creative youngsters make a community come to life

They used materials - including cardboard, felt, sticky tape, wood, paper, pipe cleaners and cotton bobbins to make a building for the community.

Whether it was a place of worship or a wind farm, a sports stadium or a stately home, each item created was placed on to a special floor map.

Leading construction industry experts were on hand to help the budding builders design and construct their projects.

The fun day challenge helps young people get to grips with science, technology and enterprise skills through working together to plan, cost and build a range of buildings, mechanisms and vehicles.

Mary Milburn, co-ordinator for Business & Education South Yorkshire, which helped organise the event, said: “Build It is a great chance for primary school pupils to work together in teams and learn more about the construction industry.

“This event is action-packed every day from start to finish, with pupils getting the chance to find out more about the issues that are associated with the construction industry.”

She added: “We had experts from some of South Yorkshire’s leading construction companies here on hand to help, giving young people guidance and advice, which is all important as they start to learn more about the world of work.”