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Sustainable city

Students use city planning skills to design their ‘sustainable city’ out of household recycling.

Sustainable city

Delivered in Bristol schools by a Stantec volunteer, this free experience includes a presentation and a hands-on activity.

Students will form groups and plan out a city by drawing it on a large piece of paper, and then use recycling (which needs to be collected in advance) to build their city.

The presentation includes information on the different careers and skills that relate to the activity. There will also be information about the construction industry, recycled materials in construction and the importance of sustainable development.

This is good for older primary and younger secondary and teaches the students about city planning and also the importance of recycling.

There is no associated cost but the school/students will need to provide some recycling to build their sustainable city out of along with basic craft materials.


Learning outcomes

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers


  • Materials

Working scientifically

Whichever curriculum your school follows, pupils should have the opportunity to carry out practical investigations in science that help them to develop their scientific skills. This experience builds the following enquiry skills:

  • Asking questions
  • Evaluating

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

Good for a career in...

  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Green
  • Transport
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