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Fairfield and BAe collaborate to teach kids technology

April 6, 2012

 

Pupils at a Govan school have gained a rare insight into the Pirie Park pupils look up at the enormous Queen Elizabeth Carrier unittechnology 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.

Between the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the heyday of shipbuilding on the Clyde, Govan was at the centre of the industry.

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Once described as the jewel in the crown of Govan, the restored building provides a magnificent venue for all for all kinds of events.