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18 Build a Bridge ambassadors to visit Northern Ireland schools in 2016

Build a Bridge, an education and inspiration-focused programme, will give school pupils hands-on experience in civil engineering.

ICE Build a Bridge will send Ambassadors into local schools beginning January 2016.
ICE Build a Bridge will send Ambassadors into local schools beginning January 2016.

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.”