The TeenTech City of Tomorrow initiative is for students aged 8-14 years old and it gives them the opportunity to apply their knowledge of science, technology and engineering to create their own vision of a city. The students have to really think about what the buildings of the future could be like – how would they generate their own energy? How would they be environmentally friendly?
In September 2016, the Alton Convent School’s Science Departments of the Prep and Senior Schools hosted a TeenTech City of Tomorrow event. They invited other primary schools and Year 6 students built an amazing selection of innovative buildings, all from recycled materials. As a result, ACS’ Year 6 students were invited to the national final and on Wednesday 11 January, Daisy Harrap, Amelia Smythe and Cadi West took one of the best of our buildings (designed by Luke Blackmore, Alex Lelliott and James Warne, who were to unable to attend due to a rugby match) to the event which was held at the Emirates Stadium in London.
During this fantastic day, hosted by the CEO of TeenTech, Maggie Philbin OBE and BBC TV’s Dallas Campbell, the girls took part in interactive industry challenges from leading employers, a BBC micro:bit live coding challenge and they also had a tour of the stadium!
ACS Year 6 students topped 13 categories to win one of only 3 prizes which were awarded for the buildings that the judges felt that were the ‘Smartest, Safest and Kindest’. The judges particularly liked the small footprint of the building, the magnetic walls and the rooftop garden where the family can charge their bikes! ACS students were congratulated on the clear vision behind the building, the way that they had thought of everything and the clarity and professionalism of their pitch.
The School is delighted to have been awarded three Kano computer kits which the Prep School pupils can build and program. Amelia summed up the day perfectly when she said that it had been ‘brilliant and inspirational and so much fun’!