ICE members are invited to bring their children to its London headquarters to see its Christmas exhibition, which is geared towards engaging the next generation of civil engineers.
The ICE Christmas Exhibition is free and is taking place in the Institution’s newly refurbished library. It includes an area where children can create a city of the future with Meccano and Lego.
Visitors will be able to use the ICE Town play map, an interactive quiz to get young people thinking about how and where civil engineering is used in their own towns. They can also have a go at building a bridge with K’Nex -a popular construction toy which enables children to learn while they play. The Rochester Bridge Trust will be on hand with its bridge building kits designed especially for children.
The exhibition runs from 4 to 18 December between 10am and 5.30pm. It will also feature a fictional Engineering Challenge where visiting school groups and children will be asked to find a way for Santa to deliver toys around the world despite his sleigh breaking down. The competition encourages children to think differently about the transport networks around them, and submit ideas to solve the problem. The child with the best idea will win a trip to Lego land for their class.
ICE Christmas 2015
A live interactive Twitter feed, using the hashtag #EngineeringElves will be displayed during the exhibition, so visitors can share their thoughts on the activities and tell others what they have learned about civil engineering.
Members are also asked to email photos of themselves when they were children with a Christmas present that inspired them to become an engineer. Photos will be made into Christmas cards for the ICE Christmas card wall for visitors to see, and should be emailed to email@example.com.
The exhibition is open to the general public, although ICE members and their families will have priority between 4pm and 5.30pm on 7,9,14 and 16 December.
They must book spaces for these timeslots in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (0)20 7665 2028.
- Find out more about the ICE Christmas Exhibition, dates and how to get there here