Over 3,000 students experience civil engineering at Big Bang Fair

ICE attracted over 3,000 students to our stand at the Big Bang Fair last month, the UK’s largest event to celebrate science and engineering with young people.

Big Bang Fair 2017
Big Bang Fair 2017

A record engagement with approximately 3,200 students made this year's civil engineering stand (run by ICE) our most successful ever at last month's Big Bang Fair.

The stand – supported by BAM Nuttall, Black & Veatch, Costain, the Institution of Structural Engineers, Kier, MACE and Morgan Sindall – showcased six areas of civil engineering and a fun 45-second quiz for students to discover what type of civil engineer they might be.

'Can I come again next year?'

The stand was manned by over 80 civil engineers – using their expert knowledge to bring our activities to life and giving great advice to young people inspired to ask about careers in civil engineering.

Visitors and volunteers alike had a brilliant time at the event. Our stand and activities were rated as good or excellent by all the visitors taking part in our survey and we received over 100 requests for more information on civil engineering careers.

"Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Big Bang Fair. It was a well thought out and delivered stand and there was some fantastic engagement by the young people with interesting thoughts and ideas coming out. Can I come again next year?"
Paul McEwen CEng MICE
Amec Foster Wheeler

And a comment from one visitor captured the enthusiasm we saw from the hundreds of young people taking part each day: "The stand was very interesting. I would love to go again. It's excellent."

ICE remains a key supporter of the Big Bang Fair, providing ongoing guidance and strategic support to the organisers. This year's show ran for four days and attracted over 70,000 visitors overall and received strong media coverage, including the national newspapers and live reports from BBC Breakfast.

Other inspiration events coming soon…

Big Bang Near Me fairs – from now until the start of the summer holidays across the UK
Women in Engineering Day – events being held regionally on 23 June
Exhibitions at One Great George Street – Bridge Engineering on now with Tunnelling opening May 2017

To get involved in ICE education and inspiration events, contact your regional ICE office.

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