An interactive engineering activity on the ICE’s stand at Skills London 2015, introduced children to civil engineering by challenging them to build earthquake resistent towers.
The children had two minutes to build a quake resistant structure on a shaking table using Jenga blocks, before an earthquake was simulated. A volunteer civil engineer was on hand to explain why the structures collapsed or held steady.
Ten year old Orhan Djemal from Eversley Primary School, created the sturdiest tower and won an iPad.
“I really enjoyed building a tower at the ICE stand,” he said. “It was interesting to see how high my structure could go and what building pattern would hold during an earthquake.
“I learnt that doubling up the blocks meant my tower was sturdy and that in civil engineering you have to think about a structure’s strength before building, so it can survive a disruption.
“Being the winner of the challenge has encouraged me to become an engineer and be part of creating amazing buildings such as bridges and landmark structures.”
Skills London 2015 is London’s biggest jobs and careers event for young people, with two days of interactive activities and inspiring jobs and careers information. The event is aimed at 15-24 year olds and their families and attracts thousands of visitors.
In addition to the tower challenge, the ICE stand provided children and their parents with information about civil engineering careers, what a day in the life of a civil engineer involves, and how to pursue a career in civil engineering - including information on what subjects to study and at what level.