PROFESSOR ADRIAN Long has become the first president of the ICE to visit a primary school while in his year of office.
Long's visit to St Albans Church of England Junior School in Rotherham was the principal part of his presidential visit to ICE Yorkshire last week. It marked the culmination of a two week project with the school to show its Year 6 class (10-11 year olds) what civil engineering is all about.
Led by ICE Yorkshire development officer Bob Bennett, the schoolchildren first found out how civil engineers are involved in the aftermath of natural disasters, before tackling a more practical challenge.
With the help of the president and the mayor and mayoress of Rotherham, the children worked in groups to construct a giant tetrahedron.
It was immediately evident that the ICE's challenge fired the enthusiasm of children and teachers alike: 'The visit has been tremendously valuable, ' said head teacher Gail Atkins.
'Few of us teachers know what civil engineering is about, and if the children don't know about it they can't make the choice. So it's been great to have them here.'
The spring term issue of NCEinsite for schools is out this week (see page 14).