Students, children, and their families engineered their own model ski slopes on the annual ICE-organised ICE & Snow ski trip to Meribel in France last month.
The trip offers the opportunity for members and non-members to introduce their children to engineering while enjoying a family skiing holiday.
Activities on the trip build team working skills and encourage children to apply their knowledge to practical situations and find solutions to problems, giving them a taste of life as a civil engineer.
Activities included a challenge to groups of children aged between eight and 16 to build a 3m model ski slope, including miniature skiers, which had to be able to travel the length of the slope.
The evening activities helped them engage in the engineering principles employed in the construction of the actual slopes at Meribel.
One group even managed to surpass the example design of the supervising qualified engineer’s ski slope model with a construction which was stronger, more adjustable, and which used far fewer materials.
Now in its eighth year, the annual ICE & Snow trip has inspired several young people to pursue civil engineering careers.
Martine Walling, one of the parents on the trip said: “The children’s excitement as they tested the prototypes was tangible and I witnessed all ages putting forward ideas for the finished product. 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 now organising the 2015 ICE & Snow trip, and is offering a 5% discount for all bookings.
The holiday is open to all and members are encouraged to invite friends and schools.
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