Engineers Challenge Schools To Design A Sports Venue

31st January, 2012
School children in the South West are competing to design a community sports venue in a competition run by The Institution of Civil Engineers South West (ICE).

The Create Sport Challenge is back for 2012 after a highly successful run in 2011. Secondary schools across the region will be encouraged to take part throughout the current term.

ICE is committed to encouraging new talent into the profession and Create Sport aims to do just that, challenging 11-14 year old students to plan, design and construct a model for a new sports venue in their region.

Trish Johnson, ICE South West Regional Director, said: ?This competition is a great opportunity for students to face some of the challenges dealt with every day by civil engineers. They must design a community sports venue, considering many factors including sustainability, its many uses and lifespan.

?We found that both teachers and students enjoyed working with us throughout the competition in 2011, right through to the final. At-Bristol and Science Learning Centre South West are supporting us again in 2012 and will be offering another fun-filled day of activities and hands-on learning to coincide with the judging of our Create Sport entries.?

Chris O?Callaghan, Deputy Formal Learning Manager for At-Bristol, said: ?We are delighted to be supporting ICE South West?s Create Sport Challenge for the second consecutive year. As an educational charity, we strive to make science fun and accessible for all and we'll be providing ample opportunities for everyone to get hands-on with our 300 interactive science and engineering exhibits.

?Having been awarded a Gold Green Tourism award and knowing that students must consider sustainability as part of their design, we will also be offering them a sustainability tour of At-Bristol on the day of the final. We hope that this will link nicely to their project work and that they will enjoy seeing sustainability in action.?

Each school is linked with an ICE ambassador to support them as they plan and design their venue. They will be challenged to think about the project from an engineering perspective, taking into account real technical, infrastructure and sustainability constraints and concerns such as transport links, water use, flooding and drainage, as well as energy use and generation. They must also consider the environment (biodiversity), communities/town planning and safety.

There are currently places for more teams to register. For more information or to register a team at your school, please contact Joanne Mallard at or on 01752 766230. More details are also available on the ICE South West website.

Competition entries, including photographs of the model, must reach the ICE South West regional office by 20 April 2012.