Science broadcaster Maggie Philbin joined inventive Whitehill & Bordon pupils in looking to the future at a special day to encourage children to get into science and technology.
The former Tomorrow’s World presenter was at Mill Chase Academy with pupils from Bordon Junior School and Weyford Primary School as part of an exercise run by Teentech, a national scheme to support science subjects in schools.
The pupils were asked to think about how the cities of tomorrow might look by designing new homes and buildings which could overcome some of the environmental issues we face today.
Teams of children then set about making models of their ground-breaking architectural designs out of cardboard and recyclable materials.
Maggie, CEO of Teentech, spent the day with the children and said she was impressed by their enthusiasm and innovative ideas.
She said: “Helping children understand that they can be the designers, architects and engineers of the future is very important because these young people need to understand that they can influence the way their lives work, whether it’s by designing a city or the type of technology that we will all need to use.
“They may be young but they have a very shrewd perspective on what young people really want, and need, to thrive and that’s a big part of Teentech City of Tomorrow.”
The event was organised by East Hampshire District Council and the Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust. It was part of a series of activities running in Whitehill & Bordon schools over the spring and summer.
Cllr Glynis Watts, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Economy and Placemaking, said: “We have been able to offer this programme of events to young people in the district through our partnership with the Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust and Teen Tech.
“The Teen Tech programme helps to seek out the next generation of innovators and designers by increasing skill levels in science, technology and engineering. We are very grateful to our local tech businesses who have supported the events by providing mentoring support for the student's projects, helping to ensure a strong relationship with the business community.”