Children and their families combined skiing with model ski slope construction on the annual ICE organised “ICE & Snow” ski trip to Meribel in France last month.
The trip gives ICE members and non-members to the chance to introduce their children to engineering while on a family skiing holiday. The initiative has won praise for capturing the interest of those near the age of making career choices.
“ICE & Snow” activities build team working skills and encourage young people to apply their knowledge to practical situations and to find solutions to problems. This gives them a taste of life as a civil engineer.
On last month’s trip, groups of boys and girls aged from eight to 16 constructed their own 3m model ski slopes including miniature skiers which had to be able to travel the length of the slope. One group managed to surpass the design of the supervising engineer’s example ski slope model, with a construction which was stronger, more adjustable and using fewer materials.
Now in its 8th year, the ICE & Snow trip has inspired several young people to actively pursue civil engineering careers.
“The children’s excitement as they tested the prototypes was tangible and I witnessed all ages putting forwarded ideas for the finished product,” said Martine Walling, a parent on the trip.
“I feel such events make a great contribution to the future of engineering, especially when so many leave school with little insight into this field, hence the need for initiatives like “ICE & Snow.”The ICE is currently in the process of organising the 2015 “ICE & Snow” trip, and is offering a 5% discount for all bookings made with ICE. It is open to all and members are encouraged to invite friends and schools.
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