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Speed dating, Wembley and workshops encourage students

The ICE celebrated National Science and Engineering Week earlier this month, by holding a series of events across the country recognising the impact of engineering on our lives.

ICE organisers were keen to work with the Engineering and Technology Board and the British Association for the Advancement of Science (National Science and Engineering Week's organisers) during their 10-day programme of events.

In London, the ICE collaborated with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Marine Engineering Science and Technology and educational charity Setpoint to organise the Engineering Your Future careers awareness days.

Sixth form and college students took part in the different workshops held by young engineering graduates working at companies like Arup and Royal Haskoning.

Afterwards they took part in a 'speed-dating' style event where they had the chance to quiz individual engineers about their early experiences, and their reasons for choosing engineering.

Further north, two colleges in Leeds paid tribute to engineering by constructing a scaled-down model of the Wembley Stadium Arch using nothing but wooden dowels and elastic bands.

The finished model had a rise of 3.5 metres and was proudly displayed by year 7 and 8 pupils from Benton Park and Garforth Colleges in a busy shopping complex in Leeds' City Centre.

In Hertfordshire, year 7 and year 8 pupils from Queenswood Secondary School and Sir Frederic Osbourne specialist Sports College took part in the 'Great Engineering Debate', where they debated which historical figure had made the biggest contribution to modern life.

Actors from the Spectrum Drama educational theatre company took on the roles of George Stephenson, Michael Faraday and Thomas Telford in a lively debate, after which the children voted on whose work had been the most important.

Michael Faraday was the clear winner on both occasions with George Stephenson coming second and Thomas Telford last.

Unfortunately for the actor playing Telford, the father of modern engineering had a lot to answer for in the eyes of the pupils, who subjected him to a storm of questions over paving the way for carbon emitting road vehicles.

Summing up the week's events, ICE president David Orr said: "ICE's participation in National Science and Engineering Week has been a huge success".

He continued: "It puts a well deserved spotlight on our year-round campaign to tell young people about the world of civil engineering and to inspire them to become a civil engineer."




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