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Santa civil engineering challenge inspires children at Great George Street

School children have been busy trying to solve a special Christmas “engineering challenge” at ICE this week as part of the Institution’s Christmas Exhibition.

The exhibition opened on 4 December. 

It invites schools, the public and ICE members’ children to its headquarters to learn about civil engineering through using a Christmas theme. 

ICE Christmas exhibition

ICE Christmas exhibition

Future engineers: Two children at the ICE Christmas Exhibition

Visiting children are asked to help Santa ensure he can still deliver toys to children around the world despite his reindeer sleigh breaking down. The competition encourages children to think differently about the transport networks around them, and submit ideas on how to solve the problem. The child with the best idea will win a trip to Lego land for their class.

Children can also create a “city of the future” with Meccano and Lego, use the ICE Town play map to learn how and where civil engineering is used in their own towns, and have a go at building a bridge with the K’Nex construction toy. 

The Rochester Bridge Trust will be on hand with its bridge building kits, which are designed for children.

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