ICE ‘shapes the world’ at the Big Bang Fair 2016

ICE is a key supporter at this year’s Big Bang Fair, taking place at the NEC 16-19 March 2016. ICE will deliver a stand to showcase the diverse and exciting ways in which civil engineering creates and shapes the world around us.

A student makes an efficient wind turbine design at last year’s Big Bang Fair.
A student makes an efficient wind turbine design at last year’s Big Bang Fair.

The Big Bang Fair is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths in the UK – inspiring young people, showing them the different career opportunities available in STEM and offering guidance on what they need to do to get on the STEM career path.

Explore civil engineering

The 'Civil engineers: shaping the world' stand will give 7-19 year olds at the fair the chance to explore six areas of civil engineering – water, energy, transport, structures, and how the profession deals with waste and works underground. Visitors are encouraged to get involved in a range of technological activities and solve practical engineering problems in an interactive environment.

With a focus on creating awareness of civil engineering and its sectors, this year we introduce the 'Find the civil engineer within you' quiz. Stand visitors are encouraged to complete an interactive quiz to determine how they want to make a difference in the world and what civil engineering related job role compliments their personality!

Visitors will get the chance to help find engineering solutions to 'prop up Pisa' – the famous leaning Italian tower, discover how much water humans use and the energy required to deliver it to our homes, as well understand the management of waste and how it can be reduced, reused, recycled and recovered. Stand visitors will also be able to try their hand at fun challenges including setting up a wind turbine and building the tallest tower as well as the sturdiest bridge.

Industry support

The stand, put together with the support of industry partners – Mace, Morgan Sindall, Mott Macdonald, Galliford Try, Istructe, Bam nuttall, Black and Veatch, Kier and Skanska – will be manned by volunteer engineers from companies spanning the sector, giving young people the opportunity to meet real-life civil engineers working in the field, as well as receive advice from ICE’s ‘careers zone helpers’.

The Big Bang Fair 2016 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 16 - 19 March. Find out more and register to visit.