Smyths Toys, Meccano and Queens University bridge STEM gap with World Record build

Belfast uni students to build 100ft Meccano bridge across Clarendon Dock to encourage kids in STEM careers.
Publish date:
Social count:

Smyths Toys Superstores has teamed with Meccano to challenge Irish university students to build a bridge across Belfast’s Clarendon Dock.

The ambitious task will see the bridge constructed entirely from Meccano, built by students of Belfast’s Queens University and local school children as part of the university’s outreach programme.

The programme itself aims to encourage more children to think about careers in civil engineering, an industry currently suffering from a shortage of skill in Ireland.

Now in its final stages of testing, the Meccano bridge measures approximately 100 foot in length to span Clarendon Dock, setting a new World Record for the largest Meccano structure ever achieved in the process.

The bridge – as well as additional attractions supported by Smyths (currently Ireland’s largest toy retailer) will be open to the public from Saturday, September 19th, while kids visiting the site will be offered the chance to play with Meccano’s new Meccanoid.

The bridge will be lit during the evenings of September 18th and 19th, before being dismantled on Sunday, September 20th.

“Meccano can play an important role in encouraging young people to think about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as this project clearly demonstrates,” said Emma Eden, marketing manager for Meccano.

“We were both astounded and thrilled at the vision that the students and teachers at the Queens University, Belfast had for using Meccano to create this amazing structure.

“It’s an absolutely awesome achievement, which we hope will be worthy of a world record.”

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


Featured Jobs

Vivid Job Logo 620 x 349

Digital Marketing Executive - Toys & Games

Vivid is Britain’s biggest toy company and the 20 largest in the world. With offices across the globe, they sell an amazing portfolio of toys and games to over 60 countries. Vivid is best known for its association with blockbuster brands and is very excited about future opportunities around the world.


UK Sales Agents

Liberty House Toys have been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for the BiOBUDDi brand, and we are pleased to introduce this new unique, innovative and exciting range of 100% environmentally-friendly toy building blocks. We are seeking experienced sales agents with existing network in the toy retail market.

Gameplan Job Logo 620 x 349

Head of Product Development & Marketing

Our client is a privately owned French toy and games manufacturer which sells through distributors in forty countries. The company develops and sells innovative electronic interactive toys and games for the educational and gaming markets, and also takes suitable licenses. To progress its successful business development a Head of Product Development & Marketing is to to recruited.

HIT Entertainment Job Logo 620 x 349

Licensing Systems Administrator

The Contract System Coordinator is a newly created role to support the deal term entry process into Mattel’s new Contract Management System for its Licensing business. The role will support the Business Teams at the Deal & Amendment phase of the contracting process and act in conjunction with the System Administration team.