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ICE David Butler Competition

Give your students the chance to shape our world this autumn in our exciting digital civil engineering competition.

ICE David Butler Competition

The ICE's brand-new digital competition for students 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 engineer STEM Ambassador. It takes place over the first half of the autumn 2021 term and makes an ideal STEM club or extra-curricular activity.

Taking part in the ICE David Butler Competition gives your students:

  • Insight into a respected, exciting and globally growing career option
  • Skills for work such as teamwork, critical thinking, innovation and creative problem-solving
  • Supports 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 JBM Trust


Minimum of 1 participant, maximum of 100 participants.


Minimum 4 sessions to complete the digital game plus additional sessions if wanted to create the video project or introduce the competition. Each session should take between 1 to 2 hours.


Learning outcomes

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

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

Subjects and topics

    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Energy and environment
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Transport

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:

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

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.

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

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