West Midlands students get ‘big bang’ introduction to engineering

As part of the ICE's 200th anniversary, members have been running activities to raise the profile of engineering jobs.

Students creating a rail-based system to transport a tennis ball around a room.
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Students creating a rail-based system to transport a tennis ball around a room.

ICE, in partnership with Arup and Engineering UK, has helped to encourage more than 200 schoolchildren to consider civil engineering as a career with a Big Bang event in Birmingham. 

The students enjoyed virtual reality demonstrations, one-to-one career sessions with qualified engineers and various hands-on building design challenges. They also had the chance to meet representatives from companies operating in the construction and civil engineering sectors. 

“We organised this event to inspire the next generation of engineering superheroes to join an exciting career route where you can transform people’s lives and shape our future,” said Molly McKenzie, Regional Director for ICE East and West Midlands. 

   

“We had over 200 budding engineers building bridges and creating shelters. It has been a very successful event converting many students to seriously consider a career in this exciting arena.” 

The Big Bang @ B7 event was held as part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (5-9 November 2018), which aims to encourage young people’s interest in STEM and in engineering careers.  

Other activities during the week included the ‘biggest-ever’ school assembly, which more than 400 schools and 45,000 people tuned in to watch.  

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