STEM challenge gets schoolchildren building their own cities

A group of 175 schoolchildren created their own cities at a STEM event at Roehampton University in south London.

The pupils, aged 8 to 14, came from seven schools across London, forming small, inter-school teams to create their idea of a perfect city from cardboard boxes, straws and sticky tape.

The winning designs received awards in categories including best business space, domestic space, education space, health and wellbeing space and most accessible building.

Gwen Murray, head of design and technology at Raynes Park High School, said: “The students had the freedom to create unique prototypes of buildings of the future. This gave them an opportunity to use their planning, designing and making skills, which they will build on in their future lessons in D&T.”

As well as igniting pupils’ flair for construction and engineering, the TeenTech event was also designed to help 130 of the university’s trainee teachers develop their teaching skills in a cross-curricular environment and to work with a range of age groups at once.

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