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Inspire 2022.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) represents civil engineers around the world.

To combat the skills shortage within the UK engineering industry, ICE North East are looking to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

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.

The Inspire 2022 competition is now open. Schools can register to take part by completing the online form  by the deadline of 7 January 2022.

For a chance to win a cash prize for your school all you need to do is get a team of between 4 and 6 students together and produce a video to inspire civil engineers of the future. Students must be in Year 7.

Teams must produce a 2 minute video which answers the question "How are civil engineers creating a sustainable world?”

Choose a topic below to form the theme of the video. Here you will find further information and useful resources about the topics listed.

This competition is a great chance for students to put 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.

Position Prize for school
1st £150 to your school
2nd £75 to your school


2021 Winners Announced

Kepier School

Kepier School in Houghton Le Spring won first prize for their excellent teamwork telling the audience all about different types of renewable energy.

Following closely behind was Egglescliffe School in Stockton where one young pupil Matilda won the 2nd prize due to her excellent presentation on hydrogen, but every team at Egglescliffe received a special recognition award due to their worthy entries and presentations.

The presentations were made in front of parents and staff where all things civil engineering and climate action was discussed. ICE North East Chair Paula McMahon presented the winning team with their trophy and certificates.

Looking for inspiring resources to use in school?

Submissions must comply with the following criteria.

  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
  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 4 – 6 students.
  6. Students must be from Year 7.
  7. Schools may enter multiple teams.
  8. A registration form must be completed and submitted via this link - Download and submit the registration form -  before the deadline of 17.00 on 07 January 2022. 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 resource pack via email containing information about the competition and civil engineering.
  10. Submission of the video entry must be made via this link - Submit your video entry to ICE Inspire by the deadline of 17.00 on 31 May 2022.
  11. Submissions must be received by the Institution of Civil Engineers North East by 17.00 on 31 May 2022. Entries submitted after the closing date may not be eligible.
    • The submission must be a video answering the question "How are civil engineers creating a sustainable world?”. It must be informative and attractive and points will be given for originality and creativity. Choose one of the topics listed to form the theme of the video.
    • There are no criteria which specify the type or style of video.
    • Jotform (where videos are to be uploaded) accepts the following extensions only: pdf, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, csv, txt, rtf, html, zip, mp3, wma, mpg, flv, avi, jpg, jpeg, png, gif)
    • Videos must be a maximum of two (2) minutes in length. Entries over this length may be declared void.
  12. Entries that contain unlicensed or copyrighted material will be declared void. Any photographs etc. must have the copyright owner's permission.
  13. All entries will be judged by a panel of judges. The decisions of the judges will be final.
  14. No cash alternatives will be offered in place of vouchers for winning entries.
  15. Schools will be required to ensure that entering teams have parental permission for inclusion in photography 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.
  16. Teams must be based in the North East of England. Schools in the following Local Education Authorities areas are invited to participate:






    North Tyneside



    Redcar and Cleveland

    South Tyneside



  17. Prizes are as follows:
    • 1st Prize: £150 to school
    • 2nd Prize: £75 to school

  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.


Criteria Description
1. Research and background (40%) Quality and amount of research and background information included and displayed.

Judges will be looking for understanding of the various branches of Civil Engineering and the impact civil engineering has on everyday life and the influence civil engineering can have on our environment.

The best submissions will display a thorough understanding of what civil engineering is.
2. Originality and Creativity (25%) Original and creative ideas to produce an attractive and interesting submission.

Higher marks awarded for original ideas which answer the challenge.
3. Communication and quality of information (25%) Clarity of message and accuracy of content. Submission must be specific to civil engineering and clearly communicate what civil engineering is.

Higher marks awarded for clear communication of the key message of the video.

Accuracy and quality of the information presented with minimal mistakes in grammar or spelling and smoothness of the video.
4. Evidence of great teamwork (10%) All engineers need to work as a team - we want to see that the engineers of tomorrow are off to a good start!


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