There are 10 kits available, each including the materials to build a 13-metre cable-stayed bridge.
The ICE has invited expressions of interest from organisations that would like to obtain one of 10 Bridges to Schools kits.
The kits, used to build 13-metre cable-stayed bridges, were a popular activity to promote STEM careers and civil engineering among primary school children.
However, since the Covid-19 pandemic, the ICE has chosen to target its outreach efforts towards older age groups. Evidence shows this approach is working, with numbers entering civil engineering degree courses increasing.
The ICE’s sustainability efforts have also strengthened, making it hard to justify transporting large kits across UK regions.
Thus, the institution now prioritises digital programmes as its main form of engagement.
Digital programmes allow the ICE to reach a far greater number of young people and enables interaction with them in the way they’re used to engaging with the world.
The ICE’s digital programme centres around three key offerings:
- ICE CityZen Award – team-based gamification of civil engineering, for 16–to-18-year-olds, supported by an ICE mentor. In 2022, the awards second year of running, over 1,200 students took part.
- ICE Inspire – a 360° virtual environment showcasing inspirational career content.
- Virtual work experience – open to UK-based students aged 14 to 18 years old, which will take place between 3-21 April 2023.
As a result, the Bridges to Schools programme has ended.
Obtain a Bridges to School kit
These changes have opened the opportunity for the ICE to gift the kits to organisations with the capability and desire to use them to inspire young people to think about a career in civil engineering.
There are 10 kits in locations across the UK, each containing the materials and instructions to construct the cable-stayed bridge.
Some kits come with a trailer used for transportation. Where this is the case, the trailer will be offered too.
The ICE is inviting expressions of interest from organisations. The deadline for submissions is 28 April.