Pupils from Maidenbower Junior School in Crawley win civil engineering award at surprise ceremony

Gabriella Bentley and George Whyman from Maidenbower Junior School in Crawley were voted the winners of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ (ICE) ‘I Love Civil Engineering’ Competition last week (Tuesday 1st December) for their short film on past engineering achievements.

Tim Kermode, ICE South East England Chair, Gabriella Bently, Bernadette Gledhill, Senior Engineer at West Sussex County Council, George Whyman.
Tim Kermode, ICE South East England Chair, Gabriella Bently, Bernadette Gledhill, Senior Engineer at West Sussex County Council, George Whyman.

Gabriella Bentley and George Whyman, two pupils from Maidenbower School in Crawley, were surprised when instead of their usual assembly on Tuesday, Tim Kermode, ICE South East England Chair, and Bernadette Gledhill, Senior Engineer at West Sussex County Council, showed up to present each of them and the school with a Go Pro Camera.

They received the award for their short film, where they spoke about past civil engineering projects like the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall of China. Neither of the pair knew that they had won, or that their parents were waiting in the wings to watch them receive their prizes.

The 'I Love Civil Engineering' was launched in June 2015 to encourage students between the ages of 5-19 to create a short film about why they love civil engineering.

George Whyman and Gabriella Bently with their prizes
George Whyman and Gabriella Bentley with their prizes

Bernadette Gledhill Senior Engineer at West Sussex County Council said: "It was wonderful to see the effort that two young students had put into the video, particularly as they had done it on their own accord. They were so excited when they found out they had won their school a Go Pro Camera, but it was an extra surprise when they realised they had won one each too".

Tim Kermode, South East England Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers, added: "The competition has given the children an interest in Civil Engineering - and the quick talk at the prize giving will have been an introduction to the whole school about the work that we do".

A spokesperson from Maidenbower Junior School said: "We are extremely proud of our two students who have been chosen from a number of entries to be chosen as the winners. Thanks to the ICE for providing this wonderful opportunity to inspire children into civil engineering".

The winning film from Gabriella and George:

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