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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.

Looking for inspiring resources to use in school?

We have a range of multimedia resources for teachers, careers advisers, parents, and volunteer ICE ambassadors.

So if you want an activity for a class or club – something hands-on, that's tried and tested – you'll find it here. We also have PowerPoint presentations, videos, careers information and useful links to lots more.

Browse through and download the schools resources you need

ICE also works with Tomorrow's Engineers, which provides clear information on careers in engineering. The Tomorrow's Engineers careers materials:

  • Are mainly aimed 11 to 14-year-olds
  • Show what young people can achieve by studying maths and physics
  • Tell you about the huge range of careers available in engineering
  • Explain the different ways to get an engineering career

Find out more about Tomorrow's Engineers

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.

Bridges to Schools (P6, P7 pupils)

Pupils take part in Bridges to Schools

Bridges to Schools is a hands-on activity which enables pupils to build a 12m long cable stayed bridge. Having assembled the bridge they then walk across it before deconstructing it, learning about bridges, teamwork and civil engineering as they go.

The Bridge model is available for visits of 2-4 days. Schools often group together and arrange for one school to host the Bridge while pupils from other local schools come to the host school for the experience.

Rapid Response Engineering Challenge (S1, S2 pupils)

Pupils take part in the challenge

RREC is ideally suited to Curriculum for Excellence as an interdisciplinary project which challenges pupils to consider the importance of infrastructure to their every day life.

  • Pupils are introduced to a scenario where they are the engineers in charge of helping people who have very little infrastructure left after a hurricane
  • A highly interactive presentation is followed by pupils being 'trained' to become Rapid Response Engineers learning the importance of providing water, shelter, food, transportation and communication
  • Pupils work on indoor and outdoor practical challenges in teams during an Activity Day
  • The challenge is school led with input and support from civil engineers and supported with teaching materials and other resources such as lesson plans and the RREC manual

Engineering Encounters Challenge

This online engineering challenge allows students to design and load-test a bridge using a computer model.

An excellent learning tool, it introduces young people to civil engineering and applies a practical element to maths and science teaching. Interested Schools should download the software and register using the content code ICES.


ICE Scotland launched the 'engineering the Commonwealth Games map'
ICE launches the Engineering the Commonwealth Games map

ICE Scotland's Engineering the Commonwealth Games map and teaching resource tells the story of the engineering behind the Commonwealth Games. It includes useful venue information and activities relevant to STEM subjects and geography and history, as well as careers information for civil engineering. The resource highlights some of the sustainability challenges our cities face through consideration of key themes such as water, waste, energy and transport and encourages learners to think about the day to day infrastructure we take for granted in the developed world.

You can download a copy of the map below:

Commonwealth Map front
Commonwealth Map back

Contact for your copy.

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.