A COMPETITION to start the UK's secondary school children thinking about engineering is set to be a highlight of industry showcase Civils 2002, to be held at Birmingham's NEC next June.
The school challenge will tackle an environmental issue, as the environment is a continuing theme in the current national curriculum from key stage two (7-8 year olds) onwards.
Schoolchildren at the UK's 6,000 secondary schools will be invited to enter the challenge, in a bold move redressing the absence of civil engineering on the national curriculum.
The competition will begin in January, with a grand final to be held on the last day of the Civils exhibition.
The initiative is spearheaded by the Young Engineers Club, a national network of science, engineering and technology clubs based in 1,400 schools and colleges throughout Britain.
The Club is keen to extend its reach to the 4,000 plus schools that have yet to join, and to raise the profile of civil engineering to its members.
The club's website will provide the latest news on the challenge as it happens, and NCE 's magazine for schools, NCEinsite, will provide comprehensive details.
NCEinsite is published each term, with this term's issue now available. This issue tackles the engineering challenges presented by the destruction of the World Trade Center, explains how civil engineers work to protect our heritage, and advises on how to become a sponsored student for more cash and better experience.
INFOPLUS For copies contact Malaz Idris on (020) 7505 6619, email malaz. idris@construct. emap. com