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Civil engineering goes down with a Big Bang

Two London students won the challenge to build the strongest structure out of paper and pins at the ICE exhibition stand at The Big Bang – UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair.

The design by Fiona Caniffe, 14, and Zhuan Faraj, 13, from Bacon’s School in Southwark, managed to support over 100 ICE booklets. Caniffe said: “The building activity was lots of fun and very exciting when we were testing how much weight it could support. It showed us that it would be good to be a civil engineer because we would get to do this on an even bigger scale.”

More than 6,200 people visited the three day exhibition held at the QEII conference centre in Westminster. The ICE also put on its first ever Young Brunel lecture, where leading environmental engineer and ICE fellow Peter Head gave a version of his groundbreaking climate change lecture specifically tailored to educate a younger audience.

At the ICE stand, staff and volunteers talked to school children and their teachers about civil engineering and encouraged them to try building their own structures to get a taste of what the profession has in store.

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