Join ICE’s Invisible Superheroes at next month’s Big Bang Fair in Birmingham

Support us by volunteering or visit the show for free with your young people.

ICE members helping out at the Big Bang Fair.
ICE members helping out at the Big Bang Fair.

ICE's Invisible Superheroes fly to Birmingham for the UK's biggest STEM event for young people.

For ICE 200 we're on a mission to tell the wider public how civil engineers directly transform lives, safeguard the future for our families and show that civil engineering is a creative, rewarding and enjoyable career.

To help us do that our very own Invisible Superheroes will be flying into this year's national Big Bang Fair from 14-17 March at Birmingham's NEC as part of our special celebrations.

Our Invisible Superheroes have been chosen from ICE's international membership past and present –from Thomas Telford's incarnation as 'Colossus' to graduate water engineer Brittany Harris's 'Water Woman' and engineering technician Lloyd Clough's 'Super Structures' – to provide inspiring role models for the next generation.

What is the Big Bang Fair?

The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths in the UK, introducing young people to the incredible variety of career opportunities in these fields. It attracts over 80,000 visitors.

The ICE Invisible Superheroes stand at the Big Bang Fair will challenge young people to help 'Save Civil City' by completing 3 civil engineering challenges: balancing bridges, fight the flood and ropping up Pisa.

Our exciting city structure stand is going to be a real head-turner and we'll be providing superhero masks and capes for volunteers to join in the fun.

We need more civil engineering students and professionals to run the activities, promote the stand to visitors, hand out giveaways and to give careers advice.

Can you help?

Ideally, you'll be an ICE STEM Ambassador or willing to register as one before the event (which is quick and easy to do online including a brief training webinar). If you've not done any previous education volunteering all we ask is that you are enthusiastic, have plenty of energy and a passion for civil engineering and willingness to engage with young people.

Register your interest in volunteering on the ICE stand now through our online survey.

Please note we do not provide expenses for overnight accommodation or travel costs exceeding £60 for volunteers.

If you cannot make Birmingham there are smaller Big Bang Fairs taking place across the UK throughout the year. Check out Big Bang Fairs Near Me to find out more. To volunteer at these contact your regional ICE office.

Get tickets to Big Bang and help us spread the word

You can get free tickets to bring your young people to the show from the Big Bang Fair website. If you are in touch with schools and youth groups in your area why not let them know about the show? Just don't forget to visit our stand.