ICE inspires young people at Skills London 2015

As part of our goal to educate and inspire the next generation of civil engineers, ICE recently exhibited at Skills London 2015, London’s biggest jobs and careers event for young people with two days of interactive activities and inspiring jobs and careers.

Jason Bradbury, presenter of The Gadget Show on television, drops by the ICE stand.
Jason Bradbury, presenter of The Gadget Show on television, drops by the ICE stand.

The event, which is aimed at 15-24 year olds and their families, attracts thousands of visitors and features thousands of job opportunities, including apprenticeships. Exhibitors included top name employers, colleges, training providers and advisers.

The ICE stand and its volunteers provided students with information on civil engineering, what a day in the life of a civil engineer involves and how to pursue a career in civil engineering, as well as providing information on what subjects to take and at what level.

ICE's interactive engineering activity introduced civil engineering by challenging students to build a tower, within 2 minutes, that was able to with stand an 'earthquake'. Orhan Djemal, aged 10 from Eversley Primary School, used his skills to create the sturdiest tower and was the worthy winner of an iPad mini.

Young budding engineer Orhan Djemal showcasing his tower building skills
Young budding engineer Orhan Djemal showcasing his tower building skills

Asked about completing the activity at the ICE stand and what he learnt about civil engineering, Orhan said:

'I really enjoyed building a tower at the ICE stand. It was interesting to see how high my structure could go and what building pattern would hold during the 'earthquake'!

I learnt that doubling up the blocks meant my tower was sturdy and that in civil engineering one has to think about a structure's strength before building, so it can survive a disruption.

Being the winner of the challenge has encouraged me to become an engineer and be part of creating amazing buildings such as bridges and landmark structures.'

Are you interested in becoming an ICE ambassador and inspiring the youth about the wonders of civil engineering? Email your interest to careers@ice.org.uk.

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