Hackney school children have designs on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Teenagers from Hackney were among 300 East London school children who have been coming up with designs for public spaces on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Clapton Girls’ Academy and Stoke Newington Media, Arts and Science College pupils joined eight other schools from the six host boroughs for workshops on design organised by the London Legacy Development Corporation’s schools programme, M.A.D.E in East London.

Ideas ranged from a wishing well to an Olympic themed play area, and the pupils went on to build models of their ideas made of recycled materials.

Girls from Clapton Academy dreamed up an acoustic cone, a wooden structure, appealing to the senses, especially sound and how it changes.

Kikelomo Ogunyanwo, 14, said the experience was enjoyable: “It’s a great opportunity for us to show off our talent and ideas and really think about sustainability,” she said.

The group were due to present their designs to a panel of judges today (Thursday June 28) who will award gold, silver and bronze prizes, in keeping with the Olympic theme.