With regard the Peter Sparkes' letter titled 'Rep it up' (NCE 25 January) regarding the promotion of civil engineering to schools. I am writing to let Mr Sparkes know that he is going to be disappointed, as promotional information is not available from the ICE.
I was asked last year to address the 125 pupils in the sixth year at my daughter's school on bridge structures, as part of a project they were doing. When I asked about suitable information in slide, overhead or power point formats, I was told by all the relevant departments at Great George Street that no such thing was available, save for a few one-topic videos. As a result I had to spend a considerable time preparing my own, using company and personal records.
I would suggest that engineers would be much more likely to address their local schools if packages of information were available. These should be aimed at National Curriculum or careers needs.
Paul Hodgson (AMICE), Freyssinet, Unit 7 Progress Business Centre, Whittle Parkway, Slough SL1 6DQ