Over 200 students from 7 Primary schools shared their ideas for the TeenTech City of Tomorrow in the first of what will be a series of showcase days for young people in SE Wales.
TeenTech provide schools with inspiring resources to lead the project which is designed to be versatile so schools can run it independently or form a ‘cluster’ where secondary schools acting as the hub co-ordinator for feeder primary schools .
Year 7 students from Islwyn High School worked with younger student in 7 primaries, (Cwmfelinfach, Rhiw Sir Dafydd, Bryn, Penllwyn , Pontllanfraith, Trinant, Ynysddu)to produce 64 buildings which re-imagined everything from the future home to the future transport hub, the future entertainment centre to the future hospital. All buildings have to be made from recycled materials.
The showcase day hosted by Islwyn School provided an exciting opportunity for the young people to meet judges from across industry who provided feedback on their models and for students to progress ideas for the internet of things by participating in a TeenTech workshop led by a game designer.
CEO TeenTech and former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin who hosted the day said, “It was great to hear feedback from students and teachers on how much students (and teachers) enjoyed the whole project. It’s designed to be very easy for a non-subject specialist to lead whilst providing plenty of opportunities for schools to go into considerable depth if they wish. Students quickly see how creative the world of science and technology can be and how it really makes a difference to our lives. The world of work is changing very quickly and it’s vital for students to see how they might want to be part of this. The project brings the world of science and technology to life.
‘We want to say a massive thank you to the students, teachers, industry ambassadors and to Islywn School especially who worked so hard to make this happen. A team from each of the schools will be now chosen to participate in the national showcase at The Emirates Stadium in London on April 2nd2019.
Schools across the UK can register here to receive all the resources they need to participate in the project.