In September, ICE NI launched its new Build a Bridge initiative with the aim of recruiting 15 new ICE Ambassadors to teach local school pupils about civil engineering. ICE NI now has 18 registered Build a Bridge Ambassadors, who will visit 15 schools after completing training in early 2016.
Ambassadors for the Build a Bridge project will implement an interactive three-week curriculum for P5, P6 and/or P7 students at a local school. Once a week for three weeks, the Ambassador will teach pupils how to construct a bridge using different techniques and materials — children might use marshmallows and spaghetti, tightly rolled papers, ICE’s own cable-stayed bridge or other creative methods of bridge-building.
Then, using techniques learned from their Ambassador, classes will independently replicate a Northern Ireland bridge and compose a visual display on civil engineering. Classes will then choose one team to showcase the school’s project at a celebratory event at Queen’s University in May 2016.
The Build a Bridge Ambassadors are:
- Patrick Craig, Kerri Dorman, Emma Boyce, Tom Merron – AECOM: St Joseph’s Primary School
- Kristian McGurran, Ulster University: St Patrick’s Primary School
- Khin Khin Han, Queen’s University Belfast: St Patrick’s Primary School
- Mark Ferguson, Department of Finance and Personnel: Campbell College Junior School
- Ann Idowu, Queen’s University Belfast: TBC
- Jason Wylie, McLaughlin & Harvey): Millburn Primary School
- Claire McGeown, Department of Regional Development): TBC
- Monica Steele, Amey Consulting: TBC
- Chanelle McCook, Ulster University student: TBC
- Daryl McCauley, North West Regional College: Strabane Controlled Primary School
- Priya Premial, Queen’s University Belfast student: Holy Family Primary School
- Matthew Donnelly, Atkins: TBC
- Pádraig Graham, Amey: TBC
- Conor McGirr, Fox Contracts: St Colmcille’s Primary School
- David Thompson, Atkins: TBC
“We are very grateful to our enthusiastic Ambassadors for investing their time and energy into the Build a Bridge initiative,” said Richard Kirk, Regional Director for ICE NI.
“By sharing their passion with these young pupils, they are inspiring the civil engineers of the future.”