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ICE introduces schoolchildren to disaster engineering

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SCHOOLCHILDREN ACROSS Scotland have been facing the challenges of disaster engineering over the past two weeks with the help of ICE.

The Rapid Response Engineering Challenge (RREC) is a simulation that ' flies' 12 and 13-year-olds out to Honduras where a hurricane has caused total devastation. Pupils had to provide immediate emergency water supply, sanitation, food, and shelter to the community.

RREC co-ordinator Alastair Stewart said: 'RREC provides the ideal interactive learning package to bring the world of civil engineering to the attention of pupils at a stage of their school life where they are beginning to take a view on a likely career path.

'RREC teaches them the skills required to work in science and technology and emphasises the important role that civil engineers ful in the provision of the basics for sustainable human life.' The two-week competition kicked off at schools across the country with 30-minute briefings by ICE Scotland members to set the scene and challenges, followed by appropriate lessons across a range of subjects.

In mathematics, geometric formulae were honed to calculate areas for plastic sheeting for tents and estimating volumes of water.

Basic Spanish was also taught. Staff from the English, geography, craft and design and technical departments all helped equip the 'civil engineers' with knowledge and skills to enable them to be effective and efcient in disaster relief.

The competition culminated in an Activity Day where the budding civil engineers formed teams of six to build tented villages, treat water and provide sanitation.

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