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Graduates and students are promoting civil engineering to the wider community in a range of schemes, including dressing up as Elvis to croon for the crowds.

Presentations to mark the first six months of the Henry Palmer Award, inspired by the Graduates and Students National Committee, have thrown up some innovative attempts to raise the profile of the profession.

In projects which have particularly targeted schools, school children were inspired to build a bridge in their playground and then repeat the exercise as part of a city centre festival. One HP team member dressed up as Elvis to put the finishing touches to the structure with a feather duster.

Another team gave school children fortnightly reports on the construction of a new science block at their school. Eight information booklets kept the pupils up to date about methods of construction and the progress of the works.

Presentations will qualify teams for the final stages of the inaugural award which are due to be completed in October. Between 30-40 teams are expected to continue the challenge.

ICE director of public affairs Ian Moore, who has reviewed presentations received so far, said: 'We have some fantastic submissions.'

Winners of the Henry Palmer Award will be announced on 12 November.

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