More than 3,000 students took part in civil engineering activities at the Big Bang Fair last month. The event is the UK’s largest event celebrating science and engineering and is targeted at young people.
This year’s stand – run by the ICE with support from major industry sponsors Bam Nuttall, Black & Veatch, Costain, Kier, Mace and Morgan Sindall, and the Institution of Structural Engineers – is claimed to be the most successful so far.
The stand showcased six sectors of civil engineering with fun activities and a 45-second quiz app to help students discover what type of civil engineer they could become.
It was staffed by 80 civil engineers over the four days. They used their expert knowledge to bring the activities to life and give advice to visitors.
Most visitors rated the stand and activities as good or excellent and the ICE received more than 100 requests for more information on civil engineering careers.
The volunteers on the stand had a great time too. “Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Big Bang Fair. It was a well thought out and delivered stand and there was some fantastic engagement by the young people with interesting thoughts and ideas coming out. Can I come again next year?”, said one.
The ICE remains a key supporter of the Big Bang Fair, providing ongoing guidance and strategic support to the organisers as well as providing one of the most engaging sets of activities at the fair.