Help inspire the next generation of civil engineers

ICE David Butler Award & CityZen competition

Our brand-new digital competition for students aged 16-18 years offers valuable insight into the world of civil engineering, formal recognition from a globally respected institution and the chance to win great prizes.

The competition is an easy to run, structured activity which is supported throughout by an ICE STEM Ambassador.

It takes place over the first half of the Autumn 2021 term and makes an ideal STEM club or extra-curricular activity.

The ICE David Butler Competition experience gives students:

  • Insight into a respected, exciting and globally growing career option
  • Skills they will need for work such as teamwork, critical thinking, innovation and creative problem-solving
  • Support for the national curriculums for Geography, Maths and Design Technology
  • Recognition for their participation, plus great prizes including £2,000 for the top team and a wave tank for your school to use for one year courtesy of the JBA Trust

Register your school’s interest

CityZen competition
CityZen competition

Teams must be signed up by 15 September to take part in the 2021 competition. Please email us at [email protected] to be notified of the next round of the competition. Read the full terms and conditions.

ICE Inspire 360° careers experience

Explore what it’s like to be a civil engineer, shaping our world, in our computer-simulated centre of civil engineering.

Watch your choice of film in our cinema (don’t forget the popcorn), enjoy the gallery of incredible civil engineering projects and meet civil engineers from all walks of life and roles in this inspirational virtual world.

ICE civil engineering activities near you

ICE regions run many activities and competitions for schools and colleges across age groups. Explore what we can offer to you on your doorstep.

We need you to tell students about civil engineering as a career

There aren't enough engineers to go around so it's vital that experienced civil engineers, parents and teachers help to inspire and encourage children and young people to think about engineering as a career.

We have a wide range of educational materials that you can take into the classroom or show to students including:

  • Hands-on group activities for everyone to join in with
  • Presentations with lots of photos
  • Posters
  • Handouts

If you have an engineering background why not sign up to be one of our local ICE Ambassadors? Details below.

Educational resources

If you’re an engineer going into a school, college or youth group to talk about civil engineering, or a teacher or parent looking for careers information, then we have plenty of resources you can use – from presentations to activity plans and leaflets. Either to download or order.

Primary school

5- 10 years

Secondary school - lower years

11-14 years

College and upper secondary school

15-18 years

ICE Ambassador Gillian Steele

Become an ICE STEM Ambassador

Our STEM Ambassadors go into schools, colleges and unis to talk about civil engineering. They bring to life what civil engineering is to inspire young people to take up engineering as a career.

An ICE STEM Ambassador...

  • Explains to students what civil engineering is
  • Talks about their life and experiences as a civil engineer
  • Answers questions, runs activities, shows how to become an engineer

Don’t worry, we offer support, training and loads of resources you can take with you.


I find working with young people extremely rewarding. As an industry there is so much we can do to support young people in our local communities and to benefit ourselves through recruiting the next generation of bright young engineers to work with.

Sakthy Selvakumaran

ICE Ambassador

Education FAQs

Not sure what to do next?

Find the answer to your careers and inspiration questions in our helpful list.


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