An exciting new initiative for Years 5-6 and 7-9

The TeenTech City of Tomorrow initiative offers students in Key Stages 2 and 3 (8-14 year olds) the opportunity to apply their knowledge of science, technology and engineering to create their own vision of the city. The activity highlights career pathways in construction, engineering and technology and promotes good citizenship.

Schools, libraries, local councils, LEPs can register to participate here. If you are a parent or carer and would like to work with your child on this project, individual entries can also be made.

Working to the brief of ‘smarter, kinder, safer’, each team will produce a building to sit on the footprint of an A4 card – but buildings can extend upwards or sideways. Materials used to build project models should be recycled or cost no more than £10 if bought specially.

Teams are encouraged to incorporate ideas to develop the connectivity of their city, exploiting the Internet of Things.

Together they will develop ideas for the connected city, addressing issues of how we will live, work and play in the future. Materials used to build project models should be recycled or cost no more than £10 if bought specially.

Students can consider city areas such as parks, recreation centres, museums, airports, train stations, business hubs, workspaces, community gardens, not-for-profit institutions, environmental centres, residential, retail, etc

There are free curriculum resources and lesson plans to help you plan the activity.


How do I run the activity in my school or region? 

The TeenTech City of Tomorrow programme has been designed to be flexible and scalable. It can be run in various ways, for instance:

  • As a project across year groups in Primary Schools
  • In Secondary Schools as a transition activity for all feeder primaries
  • By councils, LEPs, companies or other organisations bringing together all the schools in their region.

Organisations wishing to run the activity across a region should contact [email protected]


In whatever way the project is run, the collective effort of students will be showcased as a mini city. All ideas, whether developed as part of a regional initiative or as a one-off project by a family, can be uploaded to a dedicated website where they will be considered for the international “TeenTech City of Tomorrow” in Autumn 2016.

The competition has 13 categories:

  • Best business space
  • Best domestic building (low, medium, or high density)
  • Best retail space
  • Best education space
  • Best recreational space
  • Best health and wellbeing categories
  • Best outside space
  • Best mixed use
  • Best construction
  • Most environmentally friendly building
  • Most fun building
  • Most innovative building
  • Most accessible building

If you are in a region, which is hosting a sponsored TeenTech City event you can take your buildings to the showcase day where they will be judged in person and one building from each category, will be awarded a place at the TeenTech City Civic Hackathon & Final (find out about local events here).

If you are in a region which is not hosting a showcase day you can enter your building online via our TeenTech City website. On the website you can upload up to 5 images of your building along with supporting materials in the category of your choice. A panel of industry experts will judge all online entries and finalists will be notified in October 2016.

Find out more on the TeenTech City of Tomorrow website

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