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Winner:The Disaster Engineering Challenge

The winning team of Isobel Byrne Hill, Nicola McLhlery and Ben Moss of Ove Arup took their slogan 'civil engineering - mad for it!' to school children around the country.

The team organised day long events to illustrate the essential value of civil engineering in dealing with natural disasters. They asked a series of 13- year-olds to imagine they were civil engineers amid the devastation following Hurricane Mitch. It was their job to build shelter, provide water and sanitation, and construct roads to transport food and medicine.

The hands-on approach went down well with the kids. One teacher commented: 'The feedback we got from the pupils was very favourable. They really enjoyed participating in the activities and they told me that they got a buzz from the entire day.'

The team's enthusiasm was infectious. On being presented with their award by President Fleming, they managed to get the audience and judging panel to shout a rousing 'Civil Engineering - MAD FOR IT!'

Second place: ENTICE

The Entice team, consisting of Sam Chadwick, Pamela Ballantyne and Craig Hook chose to target school pupils with their board game, ENTICE - Encouraging New Talent Into Civil Engineering.

The Millennium Dome board game was aimed at sixth formers. Players had to travel round a board building the Millennium Dome, encountering and overcoming civil engineering challenges along the way.

The board game was a hit in schools as the team ensured there could be no excuses from teachers not to use it. It takes an hour to play so that it fits into one lesson, it is designed to comply with the national curriculum and it's fun. The team said that even the teachers insisted on playing the game at some schools. One teacher enthusiastically exclaimed: 'My dome's better than the real thing!'

Third place: Halcrow Stockport

The Halcrow team of Claire Higgins, Nicola Campion and Joanne Woodward worked with nine Stockport schools to promote the profession to 13- and 14- year-olds.

They gave a series of workshops to the pupils explaining what civil engineering was. The final workshop covered bridge design and gave pupils the opportunity to enter a competition to design a bridge by forming their own civil engineering consultancy companies.

The team's immense efforts were well received in the schools. Jenny Hewitt, technology teacher at Marple School said: 'Our schools were delighted with the opportunity to take part in the civil engineering workshops. All of the pupils involved have come away with the idea that the quality of life we enjoy and take for granted is shaped greatly by civil engineers.'

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