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Meccano and Smyths Toys to build record-breaking Meccano bridge

Published on: 7th September 2015

Meccano is gearing up to set a world record in collaboration with Queens University, Belfast and Smyths Toy Superstores.

Meccano-Logo-480The project will see a temporary bridge – built entirely from Meccano – span Clarendon Dock, a popular Belfast attraction.

Academics and students from Queens University have designed and built the Meccano Bridge as part of the university’s outreach programme, which aims to encourage more children to think about careers in Civil Engineering.

Officials from the Guinness World Records will attend to confirm if a World Record for the largest ever Meccano structure has been achieved.

The bridge will be open to the public to visit on Saturday 19th September. Children visiting the site will be able to make their own Meccano structures, and will have the chance to play with Meccano’s new robot, Meccanoid.

Emma Eden, marketing manager for Meccano, said: “Meccano can play an important role in encouraging young people to think about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as this project so clearly demonstrates. We were both astounded and thrilled at the vision that the students and teachers at the Queens University had for using Meccano to create this amazing structure.”

Padraig Smyth of Smyths Toys added: “We are very proud to be able to lend our support to the students, and we look forward to meeting and helping inspire more children to explore the subject of engineering through playing with this timeless and iconic toy.”

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