From K’Nex to the construction site
Civil engineering student Ben Elphick explains how playing with construction toy K’Nex as a child fuelled his passion for a career in engineering.
To mark British Science Week, Surrey students and academics describe what inspired them to pursue a career in engineering and science.
Watch the video to hear Ben, who is studying for an MEng in Civil Engineering and part of the Surrey ICE scholarship scheme, explain how a childhood playing with K’Nex inspired him to pursue a career as a civil engineer.
As a child I was always building things with K’Nex; I always wanted to go bigger and better. It gave me a good insight into how the built world really works.
Ben Elphick, MEng Civil Engineering
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