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New dome for Ipswich school

PUBLISHED: 02:00 19 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

THE real Millennium Dome might be standing deserted… but now youngsters at one Ipswich school have built a dome of their own!

Pupils from Beacon Hill Special School built a 10-foot replica in two fun workshop sessions as part of National Construction Week.

THE real Millennium Dome might be standing deserted… but now youngsters at one Ipswich school have built a dome of their own!

Pupils from Beacon Hill Special School built a 10-foot replica in two fun workshop sessions as part of National Construction Week.

The youngsters, aged 14 to 15, gained expert advice from Adrian Wills of the firm Building Experiences, who helped them to make the mini-dome.

"The workshop used both Maths and science skills, as the students had to build with tetrahedrons," said Linda Nixon, Suffolk Education Business Partnership manager.

"It was absolutely fantastic – they really got a lot out of it!"

Mrs Nixon said she had been to visit the real dome in Greenwich, and was sorry that it had closed down. "I would like to see it open again so that more children can have a chance to go. It was superb."

St Mark's Primary School in Ipswich also held a workshop session as part of the special week, which encourages pupils to find out more about careers in the construction field.

Also as part of National Construction Week, Jackson, the Ipswich-based civil engineering and construction group, has launched a new website aimed at the county's primary schools. It will be used as part of their key stage two and three national curriculum.

Youngsters at the new Ravenswood Primary School were among the first to try out the new website, which concentrates on promoting health, safety and the environment within the construction industry.

It includes a quiz section, a construction site visit, spot the danger and print and do sections, and an information section for parents and teachers.

Suffolk Education Business Partnership is a joint initiative of Suffolk County Council's education department, Suffolk Learning and Skills Council and businesses based in the county.

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