ICE 200 medal goes to inspirational local teacher

Teacher awarded ICE 200 medal in recognition of his work promoting civil engineering to school children - the first to go to a non-engineer.

Teacher Daniel McDonagh receiving his ICE 200 medal from ICE President Professor Lord Robert Mair
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Teacher Daniel McDonagh receiving his ICE 200 medal from ICE President Professor Lord Robert Mair

A local Manchester school teacher who has developed an educational programme to inspire school children to think about civil engineering has been awarded a special ICE 200 medal.

Daniel McDonagh from St Ambrose Barlow RC High School in Swinton, received the special ICE 200 medal - the first to be awarded to a non-engineer - in recognition of his work to promote the profession.

Chair of ICE North West Alan Williams said: “When we heard about Daniel’s drive and passion for promoting civil engineering to his students we were truly amazed. We’re thrilled to be able to present him with this very special award as a gesture of our appreciation for all his efforts.”

Daniel, subject leader for Design, Engineer, Construct! and STEM coordinator, first approached ICE Manchester Branch five years ago to start a STEM outreach programme, using his school as the base.

Following some hands-on bridge building sessions he recognised the potential to do more and inspire more pupils.

Working closely with ICE Manchester Branch, he now runs a summer school programme that extends to four days, seeing some 200 pupils engage with activities such as the ICE Bridge to Schools kit and tetrahedron building.

Daniel has also gone on to help develop a primary school education pack, alongside other primary school teachers, which has been successfully used in six local schools establishing civil engineering alongside the existing curriculum.

On receiving his ICE 200 medal Daniel said: "It all started relatively small but with the support of ICE Manchester and other teachers it has grown considerably. All the kids get an invaluable chance to experience civil engineering and have fun at the same time. What could be better than that?”

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