#ICanEngineer competition 2019: entries now open

The theme of ICE's competition this year is water.

ICE’s London Region has launched its annual #ICanEngineer competition, matching the theme of the ICE Water Exhibition: From Source to Tap at One Great George Street. 

Now in its fourth year, the contest – which is open to 12-15 year-olds across London – encourages students to become an ‘Engineering Superhero’ by taking real-life problems and finding creative solutions.

The competition raises awareness of civil engineers and promotes civil engineering as the force that keeps London working.

This year's theme

Competitors are asked to design a new flood defence for London, in order to protect residents and businesses against climate change.  

The judges will award marks based on: innovation and technology; materials and structures; environmental impact; social impact; and the links to surrounding infrastructure.  

In 2018, contestants were tasked with designing a new form of transportation in London.  

The final, held at the Houses of Parliament at the end of the Government’s Year of Engineering, saw 25 shortlisted students present their ideas on future transport solutions.

The winning project was the Petocopter, a flying pod machine which provides a new and exciting experience for visitors to travel around London, presented by pupils from Sutton Grammar School
(Adamant Edindon, Yuvan Chikka and Jassim Araim).

When's the deadline for entries?

Entries will be accepted from now until Monday 4 November 2019, which marks the beginning of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week.  

The awards ceremony will be held in London on Friday 6 December 2019, at which all shortlisted teams will be invited to present their ideas and talk to civil engineers about careers.

Vilma Marques, Education Lead at ICE London, said: "The #ICanEngineer competition, now in its fourth year, promotes engineering in schools and boosts the profile of engineering careers.

"Students further their knowledge of big societal issues such as flood risk and climate change and become part of the solution. Previous entries from students across London have been phenomenal and we look forward to more bright ideas this year."

The #ICanEngineer competition is part of the Future Engineers Scheme run by the ICE London Graduate and Students Committee. Industry support is being provided by Thames Water, Jacobs, Arup and Markides Associates.

For more information about entering the competition, download the competition entry pack here, or contact Vilma Marques at [email protected]