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ICE poster campaign targets school children

ICE NEWS

PROMOTING CIVIL engineering through the national curriculum is the goal of a new educational initiative from the ICE.

The 'Roman Engineers' pack has been developed around the principal requirements of History Key Stage Two and is designed to place a series of enjoyable, curriculum focused lessons at teachers' fingertips.

An accompanying wall chart uses stimulating illustrations and photographs to describe the impact of Roman engineering on Britain.

The wall chart is being sent free of charge to 24,000 primary schools across the UK, with schools then able to order the teaching pack at £8 per copy.

ICE communications vice president Colin Clinton described the poster as part of a long term initiative to raise awareness of engineering at school level.

'We want to enable teachers to convey an accurate and positive message about civil engineering. As engineering isn't as yet covered as a separate school subject, incorporating it into different areas of the curriculum will help raise students' awareness.

'We hope this cross-curricular approach will motivate young people to choose subjects that provide them with a route into the profession, ' Clinton said.

Designed to be both visually stimulating and interesting to read, the poster shows how much Roman engineering has shaped British society and includes a variety of projects such as Roman roads, towns, baths, water supply and defence.

The teaching pack breaks each topic area into 'bite-size' activity sheets, and links into the national curriculum Key Stage Two geography and maths syllabuses. The pack also includes a list of local association contacts to allow schools to arrange visits from local engineers.

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