THE QUESTION of whether young people are aware of the major role played by civil engineers in society was firmly answered last month, with over 6,000 primary school children nationwide entering the ICE cosponsored drawing competition 'Today's engineers help us work and play'.
The competition challenged five to seven year olds to depict how science, engineering and IT have affected their environment, contributing to work and play.
Yet with any number of options open to the children, the winning entry of Sangwoo Kim, who attends Hampton Junior School in Middlesex, owed much to civil engineering. Kim's colourful entry illustrated trains, boats and roads, as well as computers and sound systems.
He received his prize - which included a cheque for £1,000 for technology equipment for his school - from tv personality and science communicator, Kate Bellingham, at an award ceremony in London.
Civil engineering themes were also strong in the second and third prize winners, with Cameron Howe of Warren Road Primary School, Orpington, depicting safe cycling, and Jac Evans of Felinfach Primary School, Lampeter, using the Eurostar. Fourth prize went to Euan Farley from the Mary Erskine & Stewart's Melville Junior School in Ravelston, Edinburgh.
The competition was sponsored by 15 of the UK's leading engineering, technology and IT organisations.