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It has been suggested that the Olympics effect will "reinvigorate" engineering as a career choice among young people. The Olympic Ceremony showcased a wide range of engineering roles and was a perfect example of what can be achieved through science, technology, engineering and maths skills.
Nigel Fine, the head of the Institution of Engineering and Technology said that the Ceremony at the Olympic Park, which was watched by four billion people, was not just about the physical nature of the buildings and roads, but the lights and sounds which are making "the first digital Games".
Civil engineers have played a vital role in creating the Olympic Park by overseeing everything from designing and building the venues to the demolition of over 200 buildings. ICE president, Richard Coackley, has said that "“Our day-to-day lives depend on the infrastructure around us that is designed, built and maintained by civil engineers". The London 2012 Games have therefore showcased and celebrated the work of these 'unsung heroes while at the same time helping the public understand more about what civil engineers do and what a diverse and exciting career it is.'
Read the article here: London Olympics Opening ceremony to 'reinvigorate careers in engineering'
on 08 August 2012