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Looking for tomorrow's engineers


GRADUATE engineers from Mott MacDonald have targeted 10, 14 and 18 year olds in a bid to attract young people into civil engineering at key ages.

Ten year olds from a Newcastle primary school redesigned and built the Tyne Bridge, and load tested the result with Mars Bars.

Thirteen and 14 year olds designed the layout and foundations for a sports centre, then produced a leaflet to calm local environmentalists' fears.

Sixth formers were taken on a visit to the International Centre for Life, and a Careers in Civil Engineering seminar was run for 20 students from local schools.

Claire Taylor, Martin Carroll and Richard Peace organised the three initiatives as their entry to the Henry Palmer Award.

The competition to promote civil engineering is open to young engineers and will be judged at the ICE on 12 November.

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