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BBC Schools - The Brunel Experience - 01 - The Great Divide.avi
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The Brunel Experience
Each programme presents a practical problem with examples rooted in the accomplishments of Isambard Kingdom Brunel,
in his time, one of the world's greatest engineers.
The Bristol University Library which houses Brunel's notes and many of his original designs, hosted a special course for
teams of 170 secondary school technology students from throughout England.
They were challenged with creating solutions to problems inspired by Brunel's work within specific guidelines for
materials, deadlines and costs.
The programmes alternate nicely between historical facts in documentary style, and the student projects.
1: The Great Divide
The Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, spanning the Great Avon Gorge, at Bristol,
was completed five years after his death in 1859. It was Brunel's first bridge design.
Our teams of students are given a challenge to design and build their first 1.5 metre suspension bridge.
Their bridge must be strong enough to carry two people; be attractive; be the cheapest bridge possible;
and be as strong as possible and the bridge must be designed and built in three hours
within strict criteria for the use and cost of materials.
The students must use materials "purchased" at a "store". with a selection limited to: bamboo canes; plastic tubing;
cellulose tape or balls of string using information from research materials and demonstration models, the programme identifies
the specific components of the problem and presents the results of the student projects.
Presented by Sue Ingle and Max Glaskin
Narrator: Bob Salkeld
Producer: Robin Gwyn
Production Company: BBC Education
Video: DivX 5 720x536 25.00fps 1157Kbps
Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 44100Hz 128Kbps
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