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Queensferry Crossing

ICE Scotland works to help inspire young people and get them interested in a career in civil engineering. We offer a range of educational activities for schools and resources for careers events.

Find out more about the activities we provide and how you can get involved.

ICE Scotland offer a range of educational activities for schools and resources for careers events.

Provision of these intiatives varies across Scotland depending on the availability of volunteers.

If you are a teacher interested in booking an activity please contact the ICE Scotland office.

In your region

Find out more about some of the activities we run and support across Scotland.

Whilst we do our best to accommodate all requests, activities are dependent upon volunteers being available. If you'd like more information or want to book an activity then please contact us.

School activities

Flood Risk Activity (first & second level)

flood risk activity

This classroom based activity introduces primary school pupils to the idea that civil engineers work in our communities to help prevent flooding. The pupils learn about land use and sustainable urban drainage using easily sourced materials.

Giant Tetrahedron (second level)

Giant tetrahedron

A fun activity which uses maths, science and teamwork skills to build a structure 4m high! Using simple materials, a P6/7 class can learn about civil engineering and work together to construct a 4m high tetrahedron - far bigger than any one of them could manage by themselves.

Rapid Response Engineering Challenge (third level)

Pupils take part in the challenge

The Rapid Response Engineering Challenge is an interdisciplinary, problem solving activity for S1/2 pupils, which challenges them to consider the engineering assistance required to restore basic life systems after a natural disaster. It is ideally suited to Curriculum for Excellence and links well with resilience education topics. Find out more from

ICE STEM Ambassador 16-18 campaign training

This short training presentation is aimed at ICE STEM Ambassadors who are recording careers talks for delivery to senior school pupils in Scotland. If you’re interested in getting involved with this campaign or would like further information or support, please get in touch with ali[email protected].

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Civil Engineers - Shaping the World: A careers presentation for senior pupils

Giant tetrahedron

Have you ever wondered how we get clean water, sustainable energy, resilient transport systems, even the homes we live in? It’s all civil engineering. Do you want to find out about the different routes into the profession - foundation/modern/graduate apprenticeships, full and part-time study? Scholarships? And generally get the real story of life as an engineer today?

This short (12 minute) careers presentation is aimed at senior school pupils in Scotland. If you have any further questions about civil engineering as a career, please get in touch with [email protected].

What is Civil Engineering: A careers presentation for senior pupils

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Hear from Paul, Aaron & Josh about their careers as civil engineers. They’ll explain about some of the different branches of civil engineering and what they get out of the job.

This 14 minute careers presentation is aimed at senior school pupils in Scotland. If you have any further questions about civil engineering as a career, please get in touch with [email protected].

Interested in helping?

If you think you could help inspire the next generation of engineers, then we want to hear from you!

We're always on the look out for new Ambassadors to visit schools and help enthuse children across the region.

If you're interested we want to hear from you.

Find out more and register your interest

The Queensferry Crossing

The Queensferry Crossing is Scotland’s biggest transport infrastructure project in a generation and will safeguard and improve a vital connection in the country's transport network. A new 1.7 mile (2.7km) bridge across the Firth of Forth is the most eye-catching element but the scheme also involves major improvements to the road network in the east of Scotland.

It will change the way people travel between Edinburgh and Fife and beyond by increasing reliability, improving journey times, easing congestion and offering better connections. The project uses innovative methods and cutting-edge technology and materials to pioneer techniques in civil engineering and construction.

  • The new bridge is the largest by far to feature cables which cross mid-span. This innovative cable arrangements provides strength and stiffness so the deck and towers can be narrow and elegant
  • Wind shields will almost entirely eliminate the need for closures during high winds
  • Cables can be replaced without closing the bridge and dehumidification system prevents corrosion
  • Thicker road surfacing with longer surface life which can be machine laid making it easier to replace
  • ,li>An Intelligent Transport System (ITS) over 13.7 miles (22km) of 'managed motorway' will help regulate the flow of traffic approaching and crossing the Forth. A first for Scotland.

The existing Forth Road Bridge will be maintained as a dedicated public transport corridor for buses, pedestrians and cyclists. By maximising the use of the existing road network, the FRC’s connecting roads will result in less impact on the environment, properties and communities. The scheme is on track for completion in 2016.

Computer generated image of the new Queensferry crossing
A computer generated image of the new Queensferry Crossing, with the existing Forth Crossing in the background

What is civil engineering?

If you want to know more about civil engineering, then you're in the right place. Our What is civil engineering section contains a wealth of information, including:

  • Examples of inspiring civil engineering achievements
  • Interviews - find out what inspired civil engineers to choose their career
  • Profiles of some of the most famous civil engineers to have lived

Find our more about civil engineering

Near you

To help promote civil engineering achievements close to you and across the UK, we're running a campaign called This is Civil Engineering. We're highlighting projects across the East Midlands that are helping to improve lives and improve our environment.

Find out more about This is Civil Engineering

What do you need to do to become a civil engineer?

If you're interested in a university or college course in civil engineering, it's important to make sure that the course you choose is 'accredited'. This means that it meets the Engineering Council's quality and curriculum standards.

Having accredited academic qualifications will make it easier for you to become professionally qualified as a chartered engineer (CEng), incorporated engineer (IEng), or engineering technician (EngTech). Use our course search to find accredited courses throughout the UK.

Opportunities in your region

ICE Scotland has strong links with further and higher education institutions that offer accredited engineering courses. Our Graduate and Student Committees across Scotland organise a wide range of events - many of which are free -  to encourage students to join in, and to develop their knowledge and skills. ICE Scotland has close ties with:



Into Civil Engineering Scholarship

Is the cost of a student loan preventing you from studying civil engineering? Why not apply for an ICE Scotland grant.

You could get £4,000 a year for four years to study civil engineering at a college or university, full or part time from September/October 2016 onwards.

Find out more and apply

Already studying?

If you're already studying a civil engineering course, then you could be eligible for our FREE student membership.

Becoming a member of ICE offers you a wealth of benefits, from access to free resources like our Ask Brunel service (get an answer to any civil engineering question!), to a free subscription to New Civil Engineer (NCE) magazine.

Join ICE today

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Careers in civil engineering

If you're thinking about your career options, we're here to help. Our careers section contains a wealth of information on what you need to do to become a civil engineer. You can find out more about the qualifications you'll need, how your career could advance and how we can help you to become a professionally qualified civil engineer

Explore our Careers and professional development section

Looking to develop yourself further?

We provide a range of Professional Development courses to help you develop further.