Earthquake demo big hit with kids at Big Bang

ICE West Midlands’ volunteers helped promote the exciting world of civil engineering to the next generation on our stand at this year’s regional Big Bang which took place at Coventry Ricoh Arena on 22 June.

Children visiting the ICE stand
Children visiting the ICE stand

Over 1250 people attended the annual Big Bang Fair where organisations involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) come to engage and inspire young people to discover the exciting possibilities a career using their STEM skills can offer them.

earthquake table
The earthquake table

More than 500 13-16-year-olds visited ICE West Midlands’ stand during the full day event, where an array of fun challenges was on offer: a Minecraft building activity which allowed players to model real-life structures; an earthquake simulation table to test the stability of structures constructed from wooden blocks, and a cardboard tower game to build the highest tower.

The competitive element to the challenges proved popular with visitors and kept them engaged.

Jason Chan, a volunteer from Mott MacDonald who was helping to run the activities said: “The earthquake simulation was very popular with multiple children keen at trying again. It is a good way to get children to use their creative skills.”

Jason said: “These events always provide a really good opportunity to get children interested in engineering.” One of the school girls who visited our stand told me “I’m really interested in designing buildings, and civil engineering sounds like the perfect job for me!”

The highest tower built out of cardboard octagons was - 1.6m and the structure which took the longest time to withstand the earthquake simulating table was 90 seconds.

The kids and our volunteers got a lot out of the event. If you’d like to volunteer to help out at a future Big Bang or help to inspire young people please contact Richard Davis who is coordinating our pre-19s activities for the East and West Midlands regions.

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