Christmas exhibition breaks the ice with children

Langdon the Lion had the great pleasure of welcoming school children to a day of hands-on fun at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Children from St Edmunds School in Tower Hamlets and St Paul’s Primary School in Camden took part in ‘Past, Presents and Future’ activities as part of the ICE’s Christmas Exhibition.

Following an introduction to civil engineering, the 60 youngsters took part in activities including helping Father Christmas overcome the problem of a broken sleigh and designing tomorrow’s cities, as well as trying their hand at being and building bridges.

Throughout the day, the Rochester Bridge Trust mascot Langdon the Lion prowled the room, overseeing activities and pausing for the odd hug with enthusiastic children.

Langdon said: “It was great to see so many young people taking an interest in civil engineering. I was particularly pleased to see them enjoying the bridge building activity, testing out forces and discussing the challenges of building an arch bridge.

“The children also did a good job of working out the engineering challenges of helping Father Christmas to deliver his presents without the help of his sleigh – so I’m sure they were at the top of his ‘nice list’ and found themselves rewarded on the 25th!”

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