Smart City Challenge

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How can we make our cities smarter?

smart city challenge


Sunday 30 June

Saturday 6 July

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10am - 12pm 

1.30pm - 3.30pm 


Please note, there are two separate workshops in this series:

£3 for 1 workshop (includes an accompanying adult) + small booking fee, booking essential 

£5 for both workshops (includes an accompanying adult) + small booking fee, booking essential 

(to book the two session ticket select the event with the 9.55am start time).

This event is suitable for children aged 7+ 

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We’re building a model cardboard city of the future and we need your help to design it.
Join Discovery Museum’s Inventor in Residence Matt Wright to make the most enjoyable, most responsive and greenest city you can imagine living in.

Using LittleBits, Lego®, lots of cardboard and plenty of ingenuity, you’ll create mini buildings to add to the model metropolis which will be displayed at our Smart City Showcase on Sunday 7 July.

Discover how designers, architects and engineers are working together to create cities which can respond intelligently to changes in the weather, traffic flow and city-wide problems.

10am – 12pm: Designing and Building a City 
Join us to design and build a city using a range of materials including cardboard and Lego®

1.30pm – 3.30pm: Making a City Smart 
Join us for an introduction to the world of electronics and explore how to make a city smart using LittleBits

New Inventors: Inventors in Residence is Discovery Museum’s exciting residency programme working with STEM practitioners to devise and deliver a bold and innovative school and events programme to spark imagination and inspire a new generation of inventors, designers and makers.

New Inventors: Inventors in Residence has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Platten Family Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The fund was established in 2014 and supports the charitable activity that inspires the next generation of engineers.