Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: The Crystal, One Siemens Brothers Way, Royal Victoria Docks, London, E16 1GB

Contact: 020 7055 6400

Website: https://www.thecrystal.org/

Description

Welcome to the Crystal, a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens. The Crystal in London is home to the world's largest exhibition on the future of cities, as well as one of the world's most sustainable buildings and events venues.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?
Step into the year 2050 at the Crystal and explore our urban future! What challenges will our cities face, and how can we combat these issues with green technology?

Learn about urban sustainability at one of the world’s greenest buildings, and have fun in our interactive exhibition – with games, touch screens and immersive videos, there’s something for every learner!

How will the challenges of demographic change, urbanization and climate change shape our cities? Explore water recycling, smart buildings, renewable energy, transport solutions and more!

We offer tailored guided tours of the exhibition, behind the scenes looks at the building, and a variety of thought provoking workshops.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Give your students the opportunity to see sustainability in action at one of the world’s greenest buildings! The Crystal uses solar panels, a ground source heat pump, rainwater harvesting and an efficient glass design to conserve energy.

Put your knowledge into practice with one of our fun interactive games! Create your own sustainable building, ride a bicycle to power up a variety of appliances, walk over our kinetic squares to harness energy, and calculate your water footprint!

What does a typical educational visit include?
Suitable for all ages:

Self guided visits are free of charge for all educational groups when booked in advance – please email us at education@thecrystal.org

We can offer educational guided tours at £30 per group, for 15-20 students and adults in each group – with extra tours starting ten minutes apart.

These tours are an hour long and visit our exhibition which is the world’s largest dedicated to urban sustainability. It looks at cities in the year 2050, the main challenges they will be facing (urbanisation, climate change and demographic change) and technologies that will help them become more sustainable and combat these issues – renewable energies, water recycling, smart buildings and transport solutions, and more!

Suitable for KS3, GCSE and A-Level:

We can also offer a guided educational tour with a green building focus, an exhibition tour including looking at the Crystal’s sustainable technologies – solar panels, community garden, eco roof, efficient glass facades and more.

Suitable for KS2:

We also offer one hour educational workshops, at £45 per 20 students on the theme of green buildings – including a recycled material invention challenge!

Suitable for KS3:

We also offer one hour educational workshops, at £45 per 20 students on the theme of sustainable engineering – including a design challenge, and an in depth look at the Crystal’s green technologies.

Suitable for KS1 and KS2:

Eco explorers’ day package: Spend the day at the Crystal and your students can take part in guided tours, workshops and exciting animal handling sessions with a climate change and environment theme and explore the exhibition with a fun activity book!
Costs vary according to group number: from £8.25 per student.
Conditions apply, please enquire for a tailored quote.

What group sizes do you cater for?
We can accommodate up to 60 students at one time.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Please scroll down at the following link to see our project sheets, and downloads for teachers and students:

https://www.thecrystal.org/visit-the-exhibition/educational-visits/

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Yes

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Our standard risk assessment can be found here:  https://www.thecrystal.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/The_Crystal_Risk_Assessment1.pdf

Pre-visits are welcomed, please arrange in advance via education@thecrystal.org

Does your venue have an education officer?
Rachel McVeagh
education@thecrystal.org

rachel.mcveagh.ext@siemens.co 

What is the cost of the visit?
Self guided visit: Free of charge for all educational groups, including students, teachers and accompanying adults.
Guided tours: £30 / 20 pax
Workshops: £45 / 20 pax
Eco explorers’ day package: Various, please enquire

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
There are First Aiders onsite.

Please list facilities available.
Small gift shop onsite, gifts ranging from 30p upwards.

We have an onsite lunch space that can accommodate 36 people – this must be prebooked in advance, on a first-come basis.

What are your disabled facilities?
The exhibition is fully accessible, and there are two accessible bathrooms on the ground floor.

What are your opening days and hours?
Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“The pupils absolutely loved the exhibition; they were a bit grumpy when we had to leave! The guides were fantastic and the pupils enjoyed working with them. Also, so many elements of their GCSE Geography course were covered at some point, so this will only benefit the pupils when they sit their exams.”

“Our lecturer and her group thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Crystal. She thought that the tour and the exhibition were both brilliant. I look forward to sending other groups in the future!”

“Our students thoroughly enjoyed the session and learning just how eco friendly the building is. Definitely the way forward. We would LOVE to visit next year at a similar time...”


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Ecological Recycle & Waste Centres Environment Centres Green Awareness Museums Science & Technology Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Design and Technology Engineering Environmental Studies Geography Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December


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