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ICE backs Tomorrow’s Engineers week

A host of ICE careers events and activities are taking place across the UK this week to mark Tomorrow’s Engineers week 2014, and ensure young people learn more about the exciting and ­rewarding careers on offer in civil engineering.

It takes place from 3 to 7 ­November and aims to challenge perceptions about engineering careers among young people, their parents and teachers.

The everyday engineering heroes that design, create and innovate to improve our lives will be celebrated during the week through hundreds of events and initiatives organised by schools, partners and engineering employers.

There will also be competitions, the showcasing of engineering careers in the media, ministerial visits and social media activity.

The ICE has organised a raft of activities to take place across the UK regions including careers “speed-networking”, workshops, school talks from civil engineers and tours including a school tour of the Think Tank Museum in Birmingham by a leading civil ­engineers.

More “hands-on” initiatives have also been organised - such as the ICE Engineering Team Challenge taking place across South Wales, which will challenge year 9 students to work as part of a team to design and construct the towers of a model suspension bridge out of household materials.

The students’ structures will then be tested based on stability, strength, aesthetics, sustainability and cost. The ICE’s well established ­Bridges to Schools initiative will also be taken into schools across Scotland, East Midlands and the North East.

The scheme takes a 12m long model of a cable-stayed bridge into primary schools so younger students can build, walk across and deconstruct the bridge, learning about bridges and also the teamwork and collaborative component of civil engineering.

The ICE’s Engineering Happiness film, launched in September, will be used in schools activities and social media throughout ­Tomorrow’s Engineers week.

The short film launched by ICE’s London team with the support of Bechtel, saw the civil engineers behind some of the capital’s most iconic infrastructure projects put on their dancing shoes to show the public - young people in particular - how happy they are to be engineers and the diverse and exciting careers on offer through choosing maths and physics at school.

More than 63,000 people have watched the film so far.

Watch it here.

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