Contact and Education Centre

The Contact and Education Centre is a purpose-built facility, which has served as a focal point for community engagement and education during the construction of the Queensferry Crossing.

Situated in Queensferry on the Edinburgh side of the Forth Road Bridge, the Contact and Education Centre offers panoramic views of the Forth Bridges.

The Contact and Education Centre hosts a range of events and activities including:

STEM schools programme

 Stem schools programme

Monday – Friday (August – June)

Would you and your pupils like to find out more about engineering, bridges and the construction of the Queensferry Crossing? Looking for an interactive, fun STEM visit?

Our engineer-led visits take place in our stunning Contact and Education Centre Exhibition Area in South Queensferry. The Centre provides an excellent learning environment with detailed bridge models, exhibition panels about the construction of Queensferry Crossing, audio-visual resources, interactive learning challenges and spectacular panoramic views of the Forth Bridges and Forth Estuary.

Pupils work collaboratively in teams, developing problem-solving, communications, team-working and organisation skills whilst completing their STEM challenges.

Primary school programme (P3 – P7)

  • Bridges, Forth Bridges and Queensferry Crossing construction topics
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Challenges that can be tailored to complement your class topic/project
  • Classroom lesson plans for before and after your visit
  • Classroom lesson plans and resources available for distance learning
  • Self-led Forth Road Bridge field trip with outdoor learning

Secondary school programme (S1 - S6)

  • Bridges, Forth Bridges and Queensferry Crossing topics
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Challenges
  • Tailored subject visits available eg maths, technology, geography, engineering science
  • Classroom resources for distance learning
  • Forth Road Bridge field trip with outdoor learning

Booking is required and visits start at 0930 or 1000, 1230 or 1300 for groups of 20 to 80 pupils.

Single visits - for groups of 20 to 40 pupils last approximately 2 hours 30 minutes within the Centre and the visit can be enhanced by adding a Forth Road Bridge field trip. The field trip is self-led by your own teachers with materials provided by the Centre to enhance the experience and extend learning if required.

A typical single visit schedule would be :

  • All arrive at the Centre to view the Exhibition
  • Presentation – The Forth Bridges and Engineering
  • STEM - Engineering Workshop Challenge
  • Discussion and close
  • Option to remain in the Centre to have packed lunch (time permitting)
  • Optional teacher self-led Forth Road Bridge field trip before or after your session in the Centre

Double visits - for groups of more than 40 pupils last approximately 4 hours 30 minutes and involve both the Forth Road Bridge field trip (self-led by your own teachers) and the STEM – Engineering Workshop within the Centre.

A typical double visit schedule would be:

  • All arrive at the Centre to view the Exhibition
  • Presentation – The Forth Bridges and Engineering
  • Half of the group remain in the Centre for their Engineering Workshop whilst the other half are taken on their field trip by teachers.
  • All together for packed lunch at the Centre
  • Groups swap over activities for the afternoon session
  • Session discussion and close

Please note that pupils may have their packed lunch within the Exhibition Area if time permits and on the basis of no mess. Please bring lunch with you as we do not have catering facilities on site.

What school visitors have said……..

Over 30,000 pupils have had the opportunity to participate in this unique programme since 2014. Some comments received include:

“The trip was outstanding, and is without doubt the most positively received educational trip I have been on or organised. “

“The pupils were extremely enthused and enjoyed the whole visit. The main benefits to our pupils were:

  • Enhanced our pupil's knowledge and understanding of maths in real life as well as engineering and bridges in general.
  • Provided the pupil's with the opportunity to apply basic maths skills in real life
  • Enhanced team building skills, leadership skills, planning and organisational skills, presentation skills as well as our pupils’ confidence and appreciation of maths.”

 “These workshops were fantastic and our pupils spoke very highly of the experience.”

“We had a fabulous time and learned a great many things. Aside from technical knowledge, we actually learned a lot about ourselves.”

Book a visit

To book a visit or enquire about the resources we can offer you please contact our team via email at: frcenquiries@transport.gov.scot  

Please let us know your school name, year group and number of pupils, earliest arrival time at the Centre in South Queensferry and any preferred dates / unsuitable dates for a visit. 

We look forward to meeting your class and inspiring our next generation of engineers.

For Outreach Resources to be provided for use in class please let us know your school name, year group, number of pupils the resources are for and roughly which month you intend to use them.

Location

Contact and Education Centre
Adjacent to Forth Road Bridge Administration Building
South Queensferry
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH30 9SF