The Honourable Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR was the officiating guest for the launch of ICE's record breaking 33m long LEGO bridge exhibition.
“The exhibition showcases the creativity, technical know-how, critical thinking, team spirit of civil engineers, perseverance and helps inspire our younger generation to learn deeply and think critically in STEM subjects and understand what civil engineering is and why it is important," he said.
“Hands-on learning is a critical part of civil engineering. ICE has made special arrangements for 80 secondary students from 8 different schools to gain hands-on experience in assembling the key components of this LEGO bridge."
ICE Hong Kong Association chair Professor Ken Ho, JP, said: "ICE celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018 and as one of its largest membership regions in the world ICE Hong Kong Association wanted to commemorate this bicentennial in a fun, informative and seminal way.
"With this exhibition we showcase civil engineering and wish to ignite new excitement for the ingenuity, creativity and contributions of our profession among a new generation of Hong Kong youth."
Hong Kong based Dr Sham FICE is AECOM's global long span and speciality bridges director. He adds: "I was born in Hong Kong and I am privileged to have the opportunity to return as an accomplished engineer to contribute to the construction of the Kap Shui Mun Bridge.
“During my career with AECOM my work on landmark bridges such as the Stonecutters and Sutong Bridges, two of the world’s longest cable-stayed bridges, has expanded to creating long span bridges in many countries across the globe. Connecting people and places by bridges is one of the most challenging but satisfying of all human endeavours.
"Through this bridge built entirely with LEGO bricks I hope a new generation of Hong Kong youth can be inspired to positively impact the built environment for the future."
Secondary school students from schools in Hong Kong were invited to help construct the bridge. More than 70 students from 8 top schools helped assemble the bridge under the supervision of certified LEGO professionals alongside Dr Sham.
The LEGO bridge exhibition has attracted widespread media attention including television news broadcasts.