Educational resources

Pupils take part in ICE's Bridges to Schools project

We've pulled together a wealth of resources, from videos to activities, aimed at helping you to inspire young people into a career in civil engineering.

Whether or not your a parent or teacher, or an ICE Ambassador visiting local schools, you'll find something here to help you in the classroom.

Many of these activities are available online or alternatively you can order some of our materials direct by completing our order form. Some resources are available directly from our regional offices.

Got a question or want to start visiting schools on ICE's behalf?

If you've got a question about any of our resources, then our education team are here to help.

e: careers@ice.org.uk
t: +44 (0)207 665 2344

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Favourite activities

Bridges to Schools

Bridges to Schools is one of our most exciting schools activities. You can have a 12m long model of a cable-stayed bridge brought to your school, so pupils can build, walk across and deconstruct it.

If you're interested in arranging a visit from one of our bridges, then please contact one of our participating regions.

Videos

We've produced a number of videos that show excactly what civil engineers do, and who they are.

What is civil engineering?

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4B19Mdi6Mg

Description: This is a largely visual catalogue of the different aspects of civil engineering. It explains more about what civil engineering is, and how important it is in supporting our way of life.

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 19

Time required: 4mins

Engineering happiness by ICE

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4zymdaEJlA

Description: This video sees engineers dancing to Pharrel Williams' 'Happy' whilst showing off some of the most famous civil engineering projects across London.

Appropriate for ages: 11 - 19

Time required: 7mins

Engineering the London Underground

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSMGsi9WSss

Description: This video provides a history of the London Underground, from it's inception through to the construction of modern lines such as the Jubilee extension. It shows how civil engineering has evolved over the last 150 years, and how vital engineers are in delivering strategic transport networks.

Appropriate for ages: 11 - 19

Time required: 12mins

Engineering the London Olympic Park

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiVyg1bELII

Description: This video describes the civil engineering challenge of delivering the London Olympics. It includes interviews with some of those involved and time-lapse filming of the different stages of construction

Appropriate for ages: 11 - 19

Time required: 8mins

Civil engineers - Shaping the Future

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6BEr1dqw9U

Description: This video highlights the role of civil engineers in solving world problems such as water supply, energy, transport, and housing.

Appropriate for ages: 16 - 19

Time required: 5mins

The little DVD of civilisation

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRgOkOfWBGg

Description: An inspirational video showing civil engineering achievement and the global problems which can be addressed by civil engineers.

Appropriate for ages: 11 - 19

Time required: 10mins

Are you ready to build a better world? Part 2

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4-LWkLwoNs

Description:Interviews with practicing civil engineers about what they do and why they enjoy it.

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 19

Time required: 6mins

Career Player: Women in engineering

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgjaWq0d7I8

Description:Women talking about what it is really like to work in engineering.

Appropriate for ages: 11 - 19

Time required: 10mins

EngTechNow: Regina Tumblepot

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naqPkpfBI5U

Description:A trainee talks about her role on the Crossrail project and about getting qualified as an Engineering Technician

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 19

Time required: 2mins

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, New York State University: Is engineering right for me?

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj-H_Mbfvu4

Description:American video which explains the characteristics common to all types of engineering thinking.

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 19

Time required: 7mins

Activities

We provide a range of activities for teachers and others wanting to bring civil engineering to life in the classroom. From our amazing Bridges to Schools bridge, through to demonstrating theories with lego, we've got something for all ages.

You can also find details of more activities provided by other organisations, all of which help to explain engineering, and why it can be such a fulfilling career choice.

Building Bridges Competition

Student taking part in bridge building competition

Description: This competition provides students with an insight into the factors civil engineers need to think of when building bridges.

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 15

Availability: Download the pack

Civil Engineering in Your Town

Civil engineering in your town

Description: Spot the civil engineering projects in this fun picture of a town

Appropriate for ages: 7 - 11

Availability: Download the pack

Tomorrow's Engineers: Desert Island Drinks

Desert Island Drinks

Description: This challenge provides a chance to explore the principles of filtration and the ability of different materials to filter different particles

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 19

Availability: Download the pack

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

Tomorrow's Engineers: Cargo drop

Cargo drop

Description: Learn about forces, motion and the strength of materials by designing and building a container for airdropping emergency supplies

Appropriate for ages: 14 - 19

Availability: Download the pack

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

Engineering Encounters: Bridge design contest

View from the top of the Forth Bridge

Description: An internet-based bridge design competition which runs each year. Apply science, maths and problem solving skills to design a truss bridge. (Formerly known as West Point Bridge Design Contest)

Appropriate for ages: 11 - 14

Availability: Visit the Engineering Encounters website

Related links: Find out more about bridges and other structures by exploring our buildings and structures discipline

NOVA: Build a Bridge

Bridge under construction

Description: Find information about different types of bridges and an online game to choose the right bridge for various locations

Appropriate for ages: 11 - 14

Availability: Visit the NOVA website

Related links: Find out more about bridges and other structures by exploring our buildings and structures discipline

Arup: Water for the World

A reservoir low on water

Description: Explore the importance of global water resources. Three different resources are available for ages 11-18

Appropriate for ages: 11 - 18

Availability: Visit the Arup website

Related links: Find out more about the role civil engineers play in relation to water, by exploring our water and waste water management section

Living With A Changing Coast (LiCCo)

A young girl overlooking the ocean

Description: There are packs for 7-11 year olds to investigate issues such as coastal change, flood risk management, coastal wildlife, engaging stakeholders, rising sea levels and habitat creation. Also a pack for 12-16 year olds, which features in national GSCE textbooks, and a separate A-level pack.

Appropriate for ages: 7 - 18

Availability: Visit the Living With A Changing Coast website

Related links: Find out more about the role civil engineers play in relation to coastal management, by exploring our coastal and offshore engineering section

Presentations

Download our presentations to help explain what civil engineering is, and why people become civil engineers. You can also find useful links to other resources and pages explaining more about why a career in civil engineering is so exciting.

What is civil engineering?

What is civil engineering

Description: This key resource provides an excellent introduction to civil engineering and how to become a civil engineer

Appropriate for ages:14 - 19

Availability: Download the presentation

Related links: Find out more about what civil engineering is and what civil engineers do by visiting our 'What is civil engineering?' section

Why become a civil engineer?

Why become a civil engineer?

Description: This presentation focuses on the problems that civil engineers are involved in solving

Appropriate for ages:11 - 19

Availability: Download the presentation

Related links: Find out more about who civil engineers are and what they do by reading our civil engineer profiles

Tomorrow's Engineers: What is engineering?

What is engineering

Description: An introductory PowerPoint presentation about careers in all disciplines of engineering

Appropriate for ages:11 - 14

Availability: Download the presentation

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

Print material

Together with Tomorrow's Engineers, we have collated a range of materials aimed at exploring a career in engineering. You can download these directly, whilst many can be ordered directly from us in bulk.

The Little Book of Civilisation 2

The Little Book of Civilisation 2

Description: For those with little or no understanding of civil engineers' contribution to society, this is the perfect book for them – a great introduction to civil engineering.

Appropriate for ages: 8+

Availability: Printed copy and as a PDF download

Related links: If you want to find out more about what civil engineering is, visit our 'What is civil engineering?' section for more information.

 

Compact career guide to civil engineering

Compact careers guide to civil engineering

Description: Booklet containing information for students on working in civil engineering, finding a job, potential earnings, ICE professional qualifications and how to register for student membership.

Appropriate for ages:16+ in further/higher education studying civil engineering or a related subject

Availability: Printed copy and as a PDF download

Related links: If you want to find out more about a career in civil engineering, visit our careers section for more information.

QUEST undergradate scholarship flyer

QUEST undergraduate scholarship flyer

Description: Leaflet promoting the ICE QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship which offers funding to exceptional civil engineering university students.

Appropriate for ages:16-18 (before starting university)

Availability: Printed copy and as a PDF download

Related links: If you want to find out more about the QUEST undergraduate scholarship, visit our higher education section for more information.

QUEST technician scholarship flyer

QUEST technician scholarship flyer

Description: Leaflet promoting the ICE QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship which offers funding to exceptional civil engineering university students.

Appropriate for ages:16-18 (before starting university)

Availability: Printed copy and as a PDF download

Related links: If you want to find out more about the QUEST technician scholarship, visit our higher education section for more information.

Student membership postcard and bookmark

Student membership postcard

Description: Flyer / bookmark flyer which promote the benefits of FREE ICE Student membership and give details of how to sign-up.

Appropriate for ages:16-18 (before starting university)

Availability: Printed copy or downloadthe student membership postcard and the student membership bookmark

Related links: Find out more about FREE student membership of ICE, and the benefits you could get.

Tomorrow's Engineers: What is engineernig?

What is engineering

Description: An introductory PowerPoint presentation about careers in all disciplines of engineering

Appropriate for ages:11 - 14

Availability: Download the presentation

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

Tomorrow's Engineers: Getting into engineering

Getting into engineering

Description: A poster to display in the classroom showing the different routes into engineering

Appropriate for ages:11 - 14

Availability: Download the presentation

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

Tomorrow's Engineers: Careers route maps

Careers route maps

Description: A series of maps showing the qualification options for pupils based across the UK.

Appropriate for ages:11 - 16

Availability: Order a printed copy or download a PDF:

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

Tomorrow's Engineers: Engineering postcards

 
 
Engineering postcards

Description: A collection of postcards themed on different types of engineering (including transport, water, medicine, products, power, electronics, space and sport) with case studies, future challenges and discussion point.

Appropriate for ages:11 - 14

Availability: Order a printed copy or download a PDF:

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

Tomorrow's Engineers: Resource pack

Resource pack

Description: A poster to display in the classroom showing the different routes into engineering

Appropriate for ages:11 - 14

Availability: Download the PDF

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

Tomorrow's Engineers: What is engineering

What is engineering

Description: A leaflet to inspire and inform young people about engineering including case studies on jobs, salaries and qualifications

Appropriate for ages:11 - 16

Availability: Download the PDF

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

Tomorrow's Engineers: Engineering at university leaflet

Engineering at university

Description: This booklet explains the different types of engineering, and career prospects including how much you can earn. There is also guidance on how to choose a university course.

Appropriate for ages:16 - 19

Availability: Download the PDF

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

Tomorrow's Engineers: Vocational and apprenticeship routes into engineering

Vocational routes into engineering

Description: This booklet is about vocational routes into engineering. It explains the various levels and types of courses which are available and the opportunities for apprenticeships.

Appropriate for ages:14 - 19

Availability: Download the PDF

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

Tomorrow's Engineers: Leaflet for parents

Parents' guide to engineering

Description: A guide to engineering for parents which covers routes to qualification, work placements, scholarships, employment prospects, and salaries.

Availability: Download the PDF

Related links: Find out more about a career in engineering by visiting Tomorrow's Engineers

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