Schools and Pre-19 Activities

Our Pre-19 group inspire and support the next generation of civil engineers

Our members are keen to inspire the next generation of civil engineers and regularly visit schools to run outreach projects, attend careers fairs and provide information.

Our main outreach activities offered are Bridges to Schools and the Rapid Response Engineering Challenge, however please get in touch if there is anything we can help with. Availability relies on advance booking of the activity and availability of AACE volunteers.

A number of suggested activities are also available from the Institution of Civil Engineers.

AWPR bridge crossing

Bridges to Schools

A 12m long model of a cable-stayed bridge into Primary Schools

Pupils are able to build, walk across and deconstruct the bridge, learning about bridges, teamwork and civil engineering.

The Bridge model is available for visits of 2-4 days. It is aimed at children in P5, P6 and P7. Schools often group together and arrange for one school to host the bridge while pupils from other local schools come to the host school for the experience.

Rapid Response Engineering Challenge (RREC)

A new method of communicating engineering principles to S1 school children

The challenge is based on re-building a devastated country hit by a hurricane. All pupils are introduced to a scenario where they have to imagine they are engineers going to help people who have very little infrastructure left after the storm. An inspirational introduction is given through an interactive presentation by a civil engineer. At the end of the presentation pupils are told that school will be ‘cancelled’ for the following one or two weeks while they are trained to be Rapid Response Engineers providing the basics of water, shelter, food, transportation and communication.

During the training time, subject departments work across the school curriculum on materials, developed by staff, which is linked to the hurricane theme. The S1 year group is divided into teams of six who work together in the subject areas with the lessons taking place during the normal school timetable. At the end of this time period, the pupils, still in their teams, work through four different bases during the activity day.

Please get in touch with for more details.

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If are a civil engineer, civil engineering student or apprentice, please consider volunteering to help at some of our schools events. The first stage is to register as a STEM Ambassador. This is free and simple to do, and the initial application can be made online. Please get in touch with once registered and we will keep you informed of upcoming events.

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