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North East - Inspire

North East Inspire competiton.

Be in with a chance of winning £500 for your school, £50 voucher per student and experience a practical and hands-on construction day.

Be in with a chance of winning £500 for your school, £50 voucher per student and experience a practical and hands-on construction day.

The UK does not have enough engineers. It is projected that UK companies need to recruit 87,000 new engineers each year to fill the 2.56 million job openings from 2012 to 2022. To do this they will have to double the number of engineering apprentices and double the number of people with engineering qualifications to meet demand.

The UK needs innovative ideas to attract engineers from all areas of society to ensure a diverse workforce fit to tackle challenges such as climate change, population growth, building bigger and taller buildings and providing clean water and sanitation for all.

For a chance to win a £500 prize for your school and a £50 shopping voucher per student all you have to do is get a team of between 3 and 6 together and produce a video. Students must be in Year 7.

Teams must produce a 2 minute video on 'what is sustainable civil engineering?' Teams must also answer the question 'How did Civil Engineering affect you today?' in a written piece.

This competition is a great chance to put your research and creative skills to the test and to learn about a rewarding career.

All entries will be assessed by a panel of professional and local engineers. The top entries will qualify for the finals day on 7 May 2020 where students will act as 'real life civil engineers' for the day to complete a practical and hands-on construction project.

The three best teams overall will be awarded prizes on the finals day, with vouchers for each team member and money for their school:

Position Prize for teams Prize for school
1st £50 voucher for each team member £500 to your school
2nd £25 voucher for each team member £250 to your school
3rd £20 voucher for each team member £150 to your school
 

The winning team will be announced in a press release issued to local press and in a news article on the website. Photos may also be used by ICE in future campaigns.

To enter, a registration form must be downloaded and completed. Completed forms should be emailed to [email protected] before the deadline of 5pm on 20 December 2019.

Download registration form

A submission pack will be sent to all teams that register with information about civil engineering and more details on the competition. Submissions can be made at any time until the deadline on 20 March 2020.

For more details, terms and conditions of entry, judging criteria and useful resources, check out the links below.


 
  • Sponsors

We are grateful to our sponsors for supporting the competition.

Gold sponsors

Balfour Beatty
Costain

Silver Sponsors

Capita
Bam Nuttall
Cundall

Terms and Conditions of entry

  1. ICE Inspire is a Competition for school students in the North East of England to promote interest in Civil Engineering.
  2. Online or webpage refers to the Inspire webpage which can be found at www.ice.org.uk/north-east/inspire
  3. Please contact [email protected] with any queries.
  4. Schools refers to Secondary Schools, Academies, Middle Schools, Special Educational Needs Schools and Independent Schools. The competition is free to enter.
  5. Teams must consist of between 3 – 6 students.
  6. Students must be from Year 7.
  7. Schools may enter multiple teams.
  8. A registration form must be downloaded from the website and completed. Completed forms should be emailed to [email protected] before the deadline of 5pm on 20 December 2019. Registration forms must be completed in full. Registration can be made at any time up until this date.
  9. All teams registering will be sent a registration pack containing information about the competition and civil engineering.
  10. Submissions must include the media entry, answer to the question and completed entry form for each team. Failure to include all of these items may result in the entry not being considered. All school entries should be included on the memory stick, if another usb is required please contact us. Name of media entry and answer to question must include team name.
  11. Schools are expected to cover the postage for the submission or to hand deliver the memory sticks. The Institution of Civil Engineers North East will not be responsible for any items not received therefore it is recommended that tracked postage is used. If problems with the price of postage or delivery are anticipated then please contact the Institution of Civil Engineers North East.
  12. Submissions must be received by the Institution of Civil Engineers North East by 5pm on 20 March 2020. Entries submitted after the closing date may not be eligible.
  13. Submissions must comply with the following criteria. The full judging criteria may be downloaded from the Inspire webpage.
    -The submission must be a video to attract people into the civil engineering profession. It must be informative and attractive and points will be given for originality and creativity.
    -There are no criteria which specify the type or style of video.
    -Videos must be in a format playable on Windows Media Player, a list of suitable formats can be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/316992
    -Videos must be a maximum of two (2) minutes in length. Entries over this length may be declared void.
     
  14. All teams must complete an answer to the question 'How did Civil Engineering affect you today?' in no more than 500 words. This answer should be saved as a word document.All team members must contribute to the submission. The contribution of each team member must be detailed in the entry form.
  15. Based on the initial entries, a number of teams will be invited to participate in a finals day where teams will be judged on set activities and first, second and third place awarded. Not all teams entering the competition will be invited to the finals day.
  16. All team members, including a responsible member of staff, must be available to attend finals day on 7 May 2020.
  17. The date and location of the finals day may be subject to change.
  18. Entries that contain unlicensed or copyrighted material will be declared void. Any photographs etc. must have the copyright owner's permission.
  19. All entries will be judged by a panel of judges. The decisions of the judges will be final.
  20. No cash alternatives will be offered in place of vouchers for winning entries.
  21. Schools will be required to ensure that entering teams have parental permission for inclusion in photography at finals day and subsequent promotion and publicity of winning entries. Institution of Civil Engineers North East must be made aware of any students who do not wish to have their photographs taken.
  22. Teams must be based in the North East of England. Schools in the following Local Education Authorities areas are invited to participate:
    1. Darlington
    2. Durham
    3. Gateshead
    4. Hartlepool
    5. Middlesbrough
    6. North Tyneside
    7. Northumberland
    8. Newcastle
    9. Redcar and Cleveland
    10. South Tyneside
    11. Stockton
    12. Sunderland
  23. Prizes are as follows:
    • 1st Prize: £500 to school plus £50 voucher for each team member
    • 2nd Prize: £250 to school plus £25 voucher for each team member
    • 3rd Prize: £150 to school plus £20 voucher for each team member

ICE Inspire Judging Criteria

Download the judging criteria

  1. Please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Entry for further details.
  2. Any teams not adhering to the terms and conditions may be disqualified.
  3. Entries will be judged in accordance with the criteria in the table below by a judging panel formed from local industry representatives and ICE staff.
  4. Each criterion will be marked out of 10 and a total score awarded.
  5. The percentage in brackets indicates the weighting of the category towards the final score.
  6. The panel of judges will make the final decision.
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