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Pupils turn their hands to civils work

ICE news

ONE HUNDRED schoolchildren from nine London schools have experienced civil engineering first hand as part of the ICE's contribution to National Construction Week 2002.

Designing their own Eden Centre and building a 4m diameter reconstruction of the London Eye before a trip on the real thing were the highlights for the enthusiastic 13-14 year olds.

'Exciting and engaging young people is a key part of our campaign to encourage more of them to consider civil engineering as a career, ' explained ICE events manager Marianne Jones.

'National Construction Week is an excellent chance to involve this important group.'

The day was led by Input Problem Solving Workshops with support provided by volunteers from the Association of London Graduates & Students and the Royal Signals Regiment.

Challenged to design and build their own Eden Dome and plan what they would place inside it, the group split into 16 teams and responded with a variety of solutions.

To encourage team working skills and reflect the level of coordination required on a real construction site, the 100-plus group then worked together to construct a scale version of the London Eye.

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