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ICE CityZen Pollution Control Challenge

A fun single-session activity for students aged 14-16 that combines career inspiration, problem-solving and environmental awareness.

ICE CityZen Pollution Control Challenge

The ICE’s new competition, the ICE CityZen Pollution Control Challenge, offers the chance to discover what it’s like to be a civil engineer.

The short and engaging online activity fits easily into class or extra-curricular time and features a unique civil engineering game based on the ICE’s double award-winning CityZen.

The game has been designed to improve understanding of environmental issues. Students are faced with a difficult-to-solve environmental issue with many possible solutions. The 3D game map contains evidence-rich clues which students can use to solve the problem scientifically.

Content in the game supports learning in curriculums for geography, humanities, sciences, citizenship, geology and engineering.

The ICE CityZen Pollution Control Challenge is free to enter and all students who participate receive certificates. Winning teams are chosen from the top scorers and win £50 vouchers and an invitation to a VIP civil engineering visit or tour in their area (subject to availability).

Supporting resources include a teacher guide, classroom presentation, student worksheets and more.

Register to take part in the 2024-25 competition before 20 December 2024. The game (a single session) can be completed anytime between the start of the autumn term and the closing date 21 March 2025.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Chemistry
    • Engineering
    • Energy and environment
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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