High school children completing the Internet Inventor activity on a huge map.

Each session lasts one hour, during which we talk to the pupils about how internet technology has evolved and then brief them on the challenge before letting them take it on. There is also a debrief session at the end where our senior engineer will evaluate the networks the pupils have built. Led by KCOM volunteers, there is no cost to the school.

The purpose is to educate pupils on the processes involved in planning and building a communications network and learn how our engineering team work around obstacles such as bridges, rivers, railway lines and gaining planning permission. Suitable for pupils of all years in secondary school, it can also be adapted to work with students who are in their first year of further education at college or sixth form.

We heard from two schools who have taken part in the Internet Inventor activity:

Catherine Jones, Vice Principal at Ashwell Academy, said:

“Once again KCOM came into school with their Internet Inventor activity which really engaged our students. KCOM really put students at the heart of what they do and their level of commitment to education in Hull is admirable.

Ashwell Academy students really get a lot out of the activity which is hands-on and brings learning to life. We look forward to more educational activities and projects from KCOM in the future.”

Ben Wallis, Assistant Principal at Wilberforce College, said:

“I’d like to thank KCOM for providing this invaluable opportunity for our students to experience the world of work in such an innovative and interesting way. It included useful preparation for the workplace together with key information about job roles and careers in the telecommunications industry."