Young people from across Bristol came together on the 12th of July 2016 to share their vision of the TeenTech City of Tomorrow. They showcased buildings they had created exploring how we will live, work and play in the future. Mentors from regional sponsor National Westminster Bank were joined by judges from Atkins, Osborne Clark and KPMG to review the buildings and provide first hand feedback to young people on their ideas.
Leading up to the 12th of July, with the support of industry ambassadors, young people had worked in teams over a day, week or term to develop ideas and plan their models. All buildings were made entirely from recycled materials and for less than £10 – and the results were brilliant : fun, innovative and thought -provoking.
As well as being a powerful ‘hands on’ STEM experience for young people, 100% of teachers said the TeenTech City of Tomorrow project ‘helped students understand more about how science, technology and engineering shapes the world we live in’. They also found the experience helped young people, ‘learn about problems faced by cities all over the world’ and ‘gain confidence in sharing their ideas with others’.
Young people developed clever ideas to address issues we will be facing in the future and looked at how the connected city might find some solutions through the Internet of things. During the regional event, held at @Bristol they were given the opportunity to code using the recently launched BBC micro:bit and really think deeply about their relationship with the spaces around them.
Everyone who attended the day was given prizes which included music speakers from NatWest, exclusive Face Book stickers and the opportunity for an Apple field trip. All the buildings created will be entered into the national TeenTech City of Tomorrow final, held in London in January 2017.
If you are interested in hosting a regional TeenTech City of Tomorrow event contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Some of the amazing buildings from the event…