Triangles, arcs and cables … these are the things that can make a bridge solid. Students of OBS De Wissel in Haren were taught bridge construction by Jeroen Reessink . The lesson started with a fascinating introduction about the origin of bridges, the why of bridges and what a bridge should be able to do. “We must be able to cross safely and quickly!” was the general feeling. But also an eye for architecture is important, because a bridge is often an icon in the landscape. After the theory it was time to roll up their sleeves! Students were challenged to draw a map of a city. Parks, houses, a real skyline of apartment buildings and many sports fields were designed.

The city is bisected by a wide river … how do we get across, how are we going to bridge this barrier? A single plank is not sturdy enough and bends too much. Fortunately, we learned how to turn this plank into a real bridge! After some puzzling and keying, the river was bridged by no less than 5 bridges: plate bridge with support, truss bridge, arch bridge, trough bridge and a real cable-stayed bridge à la Erasmus Bridge!

Then the city was ready… ready to use! The children were allowed to show their driving skills with miniature remote-controlled cars. They tore through our city like a real Max Verstappen.

They now also know why a bridge has a guide rail and handrail.

Youth has the future

Bridge construction and – in a general sense – spatial development is human work! Working together to determine whether there is a road somewhere, or whether we give nature space. How do we keep our feet dry when the climate changes? Our children will also have to deal with these kinds of challenging issues in the future.

As Dutch Boosting Group we are involved in our daily work in solving and
elaborating these issues. We also like to carry out our social task to transfer knowledge and skills to future generations. We do this by giving guest lessons and lectures to educational institutions (primary, secondary, vocational education), but also by providing training to professionals.

Not only because it is useful, but above all because we think it is super fun to transfer knowledge! I would like to tell you more about guest lectures or lectures, so feel free to send me an email .