Ben (Year 8) got more than just a fun day out when he attended the national Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC recently. Having tried his hand at civil engineering activities, Ben has been awarded a prize by a top national institution. During assembly this morning, Ben was presented with a pair of coveted Beats headphones and a certificate of merit from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). After presenting the award Darrell Matthews, NW Regional Director of ICE, said: “Ben and 3,000 other young people got the chance to show their creativity and ingenuity in tackling a diverse range of activities on the civil engineering stand at the fair, and Ben was one of just four singled out for a prize. Those fun challenges were a taster of what Ben and his fellow students could be doing in a few years’ time if they choose a career in civil engineering. It could be a career designing tunnels, bridges, flood defences, or coming up with new ways of handling waste or our energy supply. And with a growing population, a changing climate and new technologies emerging, the world needs civil engineers more than ever.” Congratulations, Ben on your ICE award; very cool!