April 6, 2012
Pupils at a Govan school have gained a rare insight into the technology of shipbuilding, past and present when they visited our A-listed, 1890 Fairfield building and then went on to see the state-of-the-art Queen Elizabeth carrier at the BAE yard.
The project formed part of National Science & Engineering Week and brought together pupils from Pirie Park Primary School with Fairfield volunteers and workers from BAE Systems. The young people investigated architecture, construction and ship design as part of the technology strand of the curriculuma and were “commissioned” to build a ‘vessel’ that could float using recycled materials.
The children’s work was finally showcased to teachers, parents and community groups in an exhibition at Pirie Park where former ship engineer and Fairfield volunteer, John McAndrew, awarded prizes for some of the ships that had proved sea-worthy enough to survive the stiffest of paddling-pool trials.