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New materials for ICE STEM Ambassadors

05 August 2019

ICE's created a brand new online Resource Sharing Centre for ICE STEM Ambassadors, giving access to a whole range of materials that will help to spread the word about rewarding careers in civil engineering. 

New materials for ICE STEM Ambassadors

ICE STEM Ambassadors now have access to a new Resource Sharing Centre that contains everything they need for a successful school visit.

The resources include activity plans, PowerPoints for giving talks, ICE's video introducing civil engineering ('What's Your Story'), a risk assessment template, and advice for interacting with young people.

You can also keep up-to-date with our ICE_schools Twitter feed on it. We hope you will find it useful.

How to access the Resource Sharing Centre

  1. Send an email to [email protected] requesting access to the sharing centre along with your ICE membership number.
  2. When you receive an email from [email protected] (this may take a few days – please be patient with us in responding to your request) click the link to go to the Resource Sharing Centre.
  3. You should see a page asking you to log in with an account. If you don’t have a Microsoft account or an organisational Sharepoint account, you can create one for your current email address by clicking 'Create a Microsoft account' - it's quick and easy!
  4. If you've any issues creating a Microsoft account, help can be found here. Any general difficulties with accessing the Resource Sharing Centre, please contact us at [email protected].

We'd love to know what you think of the Resource Sharing Centre. Please contact us if you'd like to make a suggestion for a resource to add.

Also, if you hold any useful education resources that you'd be happy to share with other ICE STEM Ambassadors on the Resource Sharing Centre, then also please get in touch and we'll make that happen.

Our new resources

We’ve also just launched some brand new hands-on education activities for ICE STEM Ambassadors.

The ICE Quake Table interactive classroom workshop, which has been initiated in collaboration with TonyGee and Mindsets Ltd, is suitable for primary, secondary and sixth form classes.

This includes a short presentation, and then the students are given a Perspex foundation board and tasked with building a tower that's over a metre tall using K’nex.

The towers are tested on the quake table simulating different magnitudes of earthquakes. The kit includes wireless accelerometers using Raspberry Pi software so that participants can see real-time data feedback on how well their structure is performing. Two kits are available to borrow from September.

"It was absolutely brilliant. The students loved it. They had fun, and the table was amazing at engaging them," Nadine White, teacher at Paddington Academy, said about the equipment.

The Zombie Apocalypse workshop devised by ICE member Amy Wright tasks students with solving problems of living in a dystopian, zombie-infected world in a board game format.

The skills they use in this workshop are directly transferable to a career in civil engineering – students have to design shelters, make water filters and plan safe transport through the post-apocalyptic city.

This education pack is available on the new Resource Sharing Centre for ICE STEM Ambassadors.

To request activity kits for education events, email [email protected] with the event date.

Not a registered ICE STEM Ambassador?

We encourage all ICE members who are visiting schools and colleges to register as a STEM Ambassador with STEM Learning.

This will provide you with a free disclosure barring service (DBS) check and helpful training sessions for engaging young people.

Make sure you tick the ‘ICE’ member box when you register so that we know you’re signed up and can support you in your activities.

  • Stuart Rogers, Chartered Civil Engineer at Atkins