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ICE ambassador appears on ex-Top Gear host’s new engineering TV show

06 May 2022

ICE STEM ambassador and civil engineering student, Virtue Igbokwuwe, will feature on Hammond’s Crazy Contraptions, airing tonight on Channel 4.

ICE ambassador appears on ex-Top Gear host’s new engineering TV show
Virtue's team on the TV show's set. From left to right, Richard Hammond, Chienyem Mezue, Esther Ilelaboye and Virtue Igbokwuwe.

Tonight’s episode of Richard Hammond’s new engineering TV programme will feature ICE student member, Virtue Igbokwuwe.

In the new Channel 4 show, amateur engineers across the UK compete to build their own chain-reaction machines out of everyday objects.

Teams will be judged on their design and build quality, hoping to be deemed the series’ winner.

Hammond said the series will be great for families to watch together, presenting science and engineering in a “fun and accessible manner”.

Pushing boundaries

Virtue Igbokwuwe is an ICE STEM ambassador and civil engineering student at the University of Southampton.

In a LinkedIn post announcing her appearance of the show, she said: “I am a firm believer of pushing your boundaries and experiencing new things, so I’m grateful to have had this opportunity to work with a wonderful team as well as Richard Hammond himself!”

Igbokwuwe was nominated for ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year in 2021 and is keen to continue to represent women in engineering.

“I’m very big on representation, seeing more female engineers on screen and just proving that anyone can do it!”

She has a YouTube channel called ‘The Virtuous life’ where she documents days in her life as a civil engineer and her placements as a contractor at Eurovia UK.

Igbokwuwe will appear alongside two other aspiring civil engineers, who she met at university.

They are Esther Ilelaboye, who works for the Environment Agency, and Chienyem Mezue, from Laing O’Rourke.

The all-female team will appear on tonight’s episode, airing at 8pm (UK time) on Channel 4.

ICE women on the screen

Igbokwuwe is joined by fellow ICE members who’ve featured on TV screens nationwide:

  • ICE Fellow Roni Savage was an advisory panelist on BBC’s The Apprentice in 2019. She’s the founder and CEO of Jomas Associates.
  • Ayo Sokale, who’s also a TV presenter and speaker, has featured on BBC reels and the Smithsonian Channel. She’s a science presenter for BBC Bitesize too.
  • ICE Fellow and chief executive of the Rochester Bridge Trust, Sue Threader, featured as an expert contributor on the opening episode of Channel 5’s London’s Greatest Bridges.
  • Kayla Browne was interviewed on BBC News about the work Tideway London is doing to clean up the river Thames and to highlight the project’s progress.
  • Ana Bottle, digital content editor at ICE