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Exhibition

Plan Your London School Trips


 

A unique, interactive exhibition

For London school trips the Crystal exhibition is a rich resource of educational content dedicated to urban planning and sustainability.

Planning a curriculum linked trip for Science, Geography, Design and Technology or Citizenship? Contact education@thecrystal.org to hear about our guided tours and workshops.

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Planning your school trip or student travel to London? The Crystal exhibition uses a unique, interactive approach that encourages students to challenge and change the way they think about our cities, now and for future generations. Educational visits can be personalized to meet specific areas of urban planning, so that students can explore how they can make a real and personal contribution to sustainable urban living.

Educational resources are available on this page. For students, we have created information and activity sheets which can be used before a visit, materials to as they explore the exhibition, and project sheets to continue learning in the classroom.

For teachers, we have provided an introduction and description of the exhibits and curriculum links for each of the zones. We have created Teacher's Notes and extension ideas to support delivery of activities.

The Crystal is a low risk environment. However, teachers or group leaders will need to undertake a risk assessment specifically for their group in line with school and LEA policies and DfES guidelines.

Find out more about the crystal exhibition

Planning a School Visit (94 KB)
Risk assessments (129 KB)

Downloads for Students and Teachers

For Students

Who is Siemens? (PDF)
What is The Crystal? (PDF)
After the video 'Did you know?' (PDF)
What is Urban Sustainability? (PDF)
What’s in the Zones (PDF)
Gathering information (PDF)
Recording page (PDF)
After your visit (PDF)

For Teachers

What’s in the Zones (pdf)

Zone: Forces of Change

These zones introduce the challenges of the future for cities, showing how demographic change, urbanization and climate change impact all parts of people’s lives.

Teacher's notes: A research and presentation project where students need to research the implications of ignoring living in a more sustainable way and what life might be like as a result.
Download teacher's notes

Student project sheets: Your project is to identify unused space in your local area and devise a plan to develop ideas about what could be put there.
Download project sheet

Zone: Creating Cities

This zone shows the multi-faceted decision-making, holistic urban planning and monitoring needed when shaping and running our cities.

Teacher's notes: A business studies and enterprise project where students are asked to identify empty property or land in their neighbourhood and put together a viable proposal for its reuse.
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Student project sheets: Your project is to identify unused space in your local area and devise a plan to develop ideas about what could be put there.
Download project sheet (7096 KB)

Zone: Smart Buildings

This zone highlights the high levels of inefficiencies in most buildings. It offers solutions such as smart buildings, reducing resources, and making buildings more efficient.

Teacher's notes: A design project where students need to research optimum working temperatures in buildings and design a uniform that would allow their school to become more sustainable by using less energy for heating and cooling.
Download teacher's notes (4608 KB)

Student project sheets: Your project is to look at how you could design a uniform that would allow your school to use less energy for heating and cooling.
Download project sheet (4761 KB)

Zone: Safe & Sound

This zone presents the diverse risks in a city and ways these risks can be detected, prevented and responded to in order to make the city more resilient.

Teacher's notes: This is a communication project where students are asked to research the perception of safety in their local community and propose viable measures to increase the feeling of safety.
Download teacher's notes (4423 KB)

Student project sheets: Your project is to think of ways that we can make our communities feel safer and suggest your ideas to your local council.
Download project sheet (7045 KB)

Zone: Keep Moving

This zone explores the increased need for transport infrastructure as people move to cities. It discusses the significance of road and rail electrification and explores green transport choices.

Teacher's notes: Students are asked to investigate how people travel in their area and then devise an imaginative scheme to get them to use more sustainable forms of transport.
Download teacher's notes (4720 KB)

Student project sheets: Your project is to devise a way of getting people out of their cars and into more sustainable travel in your area.
Download project sheet (5672 KB)

Zone: Go Electric

This zone highlights the difficulty of matching energy supply and demand and providing clean energy. It explores the move to a new electricity age.

Teacher's notes: Students learn about various ways of utilising ‘clean’ energy.
Download teacher's notes (4167 KB)

Student project sheets: Your project is to investigate the different ways that people can generate power and encourage them to do so.
Download project sheet (5355 KB)

Zone 10 / Water is Life

This zone explores solutions that increase access to drinkable water including rainwater harvesting, waste water recycling, desalination, stopping leaks, reducing water use and water management.

Teacher's notes: A numeracy-orientated project where students have to explore making savings in water usage and quantify economies for householders as well as applying the concept of sustainability.
Download teacher's notes (4659 KB)

Student project sheets: Your project is to investigate how much water is used in typical household situations and inform people how to conserve more.
Download project sheet (4751 KB)

Zone 11 / Healthy Life

This zone displays the strain a growing and ageing population is putting on healthcare systems. It presents solutions including keeping healthy, personalising medicine, preventing diseases and reducing costs through efficient processes and infrastructure.

Teacher's notes: Students find simple recipes to encourage people to eat more healthily.
Download teacher's notes (4321 KB)

Student project sheets: Your project is to invent a recipe that is tasty, healthy and easy to make and encourage others to try it.
Download project sheet (5509 KB)

Zone 12 / Clean & Green

This zone exhibits the pressure that increased waste, pollution and reduced air quality place on our environment. It features ways to improve air quality and waste management and reduce CO2 emissions.

Teacher's notes: Students learn about sourcing waste products and making them into something not only useful but potentially saleable.
Download teacher's notes (4362 KB)

Student project sheets: Your project is to design and make a product from waste material that could be sold for profit.
Download project sheet (5560 KB)

Zone 14 / Future Life

This final zone presents a realistic, positive and possible future in a sustainable city by mid-century, based on the cities of London, New York and Copenhagen.

Teacher's notes: Students consider the changes they can make as individuals to shape our cities and world for a more sustainable future.
Download teacher's notes (4372 KB)

Student project sheets: Your project is to design and conduct a simple audit to help people make informed decisions about sustainability issues.
Download project sheet (4945 KB)

 
 

Plan your visit

The Crystal exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Plan