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Schools competition aims to promote the profession

ICE news Southern regional round-up

THE SOUTHERN Association has launched a competition for school pupils in their area to help promote the profession.

Entrants to the competition, entitled 'Past, Present and Future', must select a civil engineering concept which affects their everyday life, for example a nearby road or a hospital, and consider what it would have been like in the past and how it will be in the future.

They have been asked to design a way to illustrate their thoughts using different media, for example making a model or designing a computer graphic.

Judges include BBC TV South's weather forecaster Dorcas Henry, who has a scientific background in aviation and meteorology and is keen to help promote the competition.

The awards are sponsored by the engineering exhibition centre, Intech in Winchester. Weather reporter Henry visited the exhibition last week to promote the competition. The show is packed with interactive exhibits demonstrating engineering principles and practices such as light refraction and wind tunnels. The association hopes the displays will be a source of inspiration for its 11-14 year old competition entrants.

Nigel Gunner, chairman of the Southern association said: 'We wanted to do something specifically for the millennium to get children thinking about the concept of engineering and to help them understand how it affects them.'

Closing date for entries is 31 March 2000. Roger Ball, tel & fax (01703) 270094. Email Intech Centre, Romsey Road, Winchester. Free entry. Tel (01962) 863791.

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