Business and ICT Adventures in London

Thirty-four students from Years 9 and 10 set off to London last week on a really exciting ICT and Business adventure. Accompanied by ICT and Business teachers, Mr Craig Milne and Mr Liam Hussey, Assistant Head of Year 10 Miss Sheryl Moneypenny and Teaching assistant Miss Ruth McEvoy, the students were keen to learn about different aspects of London that they had never experienced before.

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Once they had arrived in the city, the students’ first trip was to see some former mills, in the Lee Valley Park area, that have now been renovated for modern day business purposes. They learnt about the original work at the mills and the business generated there in the past compared to the present-day, thriving businesses that now exist in the converted mills.

After a walk along the canal, the students arrived at London’s 2012 Olympic Stadium, which is now West Ham United’s football ground and also the London Aquatics Centre. They were able to explore how massive ventures, like The Olympic Stadium can be developed into other business opportunities, at the same time as continuing to celebrate the historical importance of London hosting The 2012 Olympics.

After a quick shopping spree at the Westfield Shopping Centre, a very high-profile centre of retail business in London, the students and staff took a cable car ride across the Thames, allowing them to get a bird’s eye view of the capital, or at least as much of a view as the cloudy weather would allow!

They then travelled over to the other side of the river to visit the O2 Arena on the Greenwich Peninsula in south east London which, like The Olympic Stadium, has also undergone a massive change over the years with regard to business ventures. The O2 Arena was built under the former Millennium Dome which was built to house an exhibition celebrating the turn of the millennium in the year 2000 - this is now a massive business hub as it houses a multi-purpose indoor arena. When artists perform there, it is known to be the world’s busiest music arena and it also has a bowling alley, clubs, a cinema, exhibition spaces, bars, restaurants and much more.  Whilst OBA’s students were at the O2 Arena, they looked at some of the technology in place in the famous Sky Studios; they took part in interactive games, saw what a real life television studio looks like and learnt something about how this massive entertainment business operates.

The next day was filled with more excitement when everyone travelled across London to the Museum of London Docklands on The Isle of Dogs in East London.  Here the students learnt about the history of the River Thames, the growth of the Docklands and they discovered how the economy of London has developed over the years; they were fascinated to find out how big and important Canary Wharf is to the UK’s finance industry.

After lunch alongside one of the docks, the final stop of the day was The Crystal Museum, a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens.  The Crystal is home to the world's largest exhibition on the future of cities, as well as being one of the world's most sustainable buildings and events venues, and the students again discovered more about how technology could shape our cities in the future.

All in all, it was a jam-packed couple of days and, although exhausted, the Year 9 and 10 students had an amazingly informative adventure. They interacted with enthusiasm and interest and thoroughly enjoyed the trip because it boosted their understanding of just some of the developments in ICT and business in London.