Organised in a joint partnership between Engineering UK, the Institution of Civil Engineers and the National Careers Service, the event aimed to inspire local year 7 and 8 students about careers in STEM and the rail sector.
Students were involved in a day full of hands-on engineering activities, including workshops, careers talks and table top activities by Amey, Jaguar Land Rover, Wilmott Dixon, WSP| Parsons Brinckerhoff and HS2.
HS2 delivered a hands-on activity that required students to use basic materials like card, balloons and straws to create a balloon-powered train. Young people were also given a an overview about opportunities in Birmingham.
Additional inspirational activities arranged included ICE's Minecraft activity run by Gbenga Oludotun from WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff who developed a challenge to help young people make the link between their favourite online game and the world of civil engineering.
Minecraft was displayed on a big screen and students were given a set of virtual materials and asked to use their imaginations to build a bridge, harbour or structure using a set of Minecraft tools and materials in a mini virtual environment within 20 minutes.
WSP| Parsons Brinckerhoff engineers invited the children to try out a realistic flood simulator and ICE ambassadors ran a wind turbine demo; gumball challenge, and hexagon tower building competition.
Molly McKenzie, Director ICE West Midlands & ICE East Midlands who attended the event said:
"Engineers have always turned wild dreams into reality and shaped the world around us. They create bridges that connect communities, provide us with clean water to keep us healthy, generate energy to power society and build great airports which allow us to fly around the world. They make a real, positive difference to people's everyday lives, which is why engineering is a great career to have."
"We will need many more minds engaged in engineering to help solve tomorrow's problems. Today's teenagers will work in a radically different world, one where they will have to manage the repercussions of climate change and accommodate much larger urban populations."
"Events such as this one demonstrate the breadth of engineering and serve to encourage young people to consider taking this fascinating and rewarding career path and hopefully become the engineers of the future."