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Kids learn civils on ICE Swiss adventure

Over 30 school children hit the slopes in the Swiss Alps to be part of this year’s ICE & Snow competition, which sees engineers and school children mix skiing with civil engineering.

The annual event challenges students to think like engineers in a week long competition. The event forms part of ICE’s dedicated pre-19s programme to engage people at school age in the profession and aims to help youngsters gain a better understanding and get some hands on experience of civil engineering while in a fun environment.

This year’s teams were asked to construct a wind generator and a house and produce sustainable energy, reflecting the pressing need to shift from a reliance on fossil fuel energy generation to low carbon alternatives.

Winning team

The winning team included Timothy Lowder, 15 from Oakwood Park Grammar, Maidstone (team leader); Harry Croucher, 11, from Angley School, Kent; Philip Easton, 12, from Oakwood Park Grammar, Maidstone; Ben Southern, 10, from Oakham School, Rutland; Katrina Southern, 8, from Great Casterton Primary, Rutland; and Benjamin Reynolds, 7, from Kingshott School, Hitchin. ICE organiser Richard Armstrong said the ICE & SNOW scheme is all about changing perceptions.

“It is extremely important to create an understanding of what civil engineering is all about among our youth if we are to attract the right talent into the profession in later years.

There are some major challenges ahead that will rely on civil engineers coming up with sustainable and innovative solutions; it is a very exciting time to become a civil engineer.

Hopefully by combining skiing with engineering challenges we can show them it can be fun and maybe encourage some of them to consider it as a career prospect.”

ICE & Snow has been running for seven years. It is sponsored by the Ove Arup Foundation and Jackson Civil Engineering.

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