Tower Hamlets pupils inspired by interactive event at Olympic Park

A pupil from Bethnal Green Academy operates a crane simulator following the instructions of his clas

A pupil from Bethnal Green Academy operates a crane simulator following the instructions of his classmates. - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of schoolchildren visited the home of the Olympics for an interactive and scientific show aimed at inspiring the next generation of technologists and scientists.

TeenTech, an organisation set up by former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin, hosted the event at the Copper Box in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Wednesday last week.

It brought together local businesses and technology companies with creative students from across London.

Ten pupils from Bethnal Green Academy in Gosset Street – five from year 8 and five from year 9 – attended the event which featured programming robots, speeches, workshops and tests.

Sara Howard, science teacher, said: “I think the main thing to take away was the positive feedback they received from their ideas and the fact that it could be put into practice.”

Henry Palmer, another science teacher at the academy, said: “The event was fantastic and really well organised, there were so many stalls, and the kids would have stayed there for days if they could.

“The show made it tangible for the children because they had these ideas and they were shown how to make them happen and it was quite inspiring.”

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TeenTech was founded in 2008 and this year firms taking part included consumer goods corporation Proctor and Gamble and architecture firm Gensler.

Maggie said: “It was great to see so many young people filling the Copper Box with new-found enthusiasm for technology which you could see growing in front of your eyes.”

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