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THE ICE'S contribution to National Construction Week kicks off with a closer look at the M25. There is a half day seminar today (Thursday) at Great George Street.

And an evening lecture and film will be followed by the launch of the much heralded M25 London Orbital book, with author Iain Sinclair.

Also taking off today is the Airport Challenge competition at the ICE, which will challenge sixth formers to develop improvements to Heathrow Terminal 4 that will benefit disabled people. This event has been co-ordinated by Setpoint which promotes science, technology and mathematics in education.

Those suffering from skills shortages can take this opportunity to attract the next wave of engineers as 14 to 18 year old students attend the National Construction Week exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. Practical projects will stir the students' souls on the Friday - before firms recruit the most promising on Saturday.

Arguably the most eyecatching event on offer from the ICE headquarters' however, will take place on Monday with the British Airways sponsored model building challenge levelled at 100 school pupils.

Using paper and glue, the pretenders will try to replicate the London Eye and design their very own Eden Project, aided by helpful hints from Antony Hunt Associates.

Out in the regions, ICE's Yorkshire Association is running an inter school rapid response engineering challenge today.

This will be held at Leeds Metropolitan University. Other northern associations putting the rest to shame will be the North Western association, which on 10 October will hold a seminar entitled 'Your region, your choice, your future'.

Also marking the event will be the launch of the ICE's Henry Palmer competition tomorrow. This national competition challenges students and graduates to inspire school children into engineering.

Alan Sparks

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