Young designers to look into the future

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A DONCASTER housing organisation is asking young people today to design their futuristic ‘city of tomorrow’.

Teenagers who go to comprehensives, academy schools and community colleges in Doncaster and across the region are working on projects to take to the Teen Tech event – an event aimed at inspiring innovators of the future.

The year eight pupils will enter their work in the Think Zero challenge, a City of Tomorrow competition asking them to show how people will work, live and spend leisure time in the future.

Prizes will be awarded for the most innovative building, most creative building and the overall TeenTech city of the future.

The winning teams of young people will be announced on the day.

St Leger Homes, the organisation that manages 21,000 homes for Doncaster Council, is one of the sponsors of the competition and is offering young building designers the chance to spend a day at the housing company to see first hand how it works.

The TeenTech event – the first ever such event to be held in South Yorkshire – will take place today at Doncaster Racecourse.

Mick Werritt, director of property services at St Leger Homes, said: “We are pleased to be involved in this event and run our own apprenticeship programme. Some of these young people will be our workforce of the future. I can’t wait to see their designs and ideas.”

The TeenTech Experience was pioneered by radio and TV presenter Maggie Philbin and 26 schools from across the region have already signed up to take part in the event run through Business and Education South Yorkshire.

Besides St Leger Homes, Efficiency North is one of the sponsors as well as Pegler Yorkshire, Newburgh, BT, CPC, Boxes and Packaging, AESSEAL, Skanska, Doncaster College, Business Doncaster and Forgemasters.