London children judge the best stand and products

Children from schools across London became judges of a new category in the prestigious Bett Awards this year. The pupils visited Bett, the world’s largest technology in education show on Saturday 23 January and voted on their favourite exhibitor stands and products.

Organised and managed by i2i Events Group and BESA (The British Educational Suppliers Association), the annual Bett Awards aim to recognise, reward and celebrate ICT excellence within the education sector by honouring outstanding resources and this year, exhibitor stands.

The winners of the best stand, in each sub category are:

Best for Literacy – Night Zookeeper

Best for Construction – LEGO Education

Best for Engineering  – K’nex

Best for Coding – Code Club

Best for Creativity – Minecraft

Best for Being Green – Epson

Best Wig and Interactive Prizes – Acer

Best Mascot – BrainPop

Best Bag and Fab Staff – Frog

Best Freebies and the Stand they had the Most Fun – 2Simple

Best Presentation on a stand – Osborne Tech

Best Stand for Theme – Exa Education

Friendliest Stands – Education BT and Promethean UK

Healthiest Stand – Eat Happy Project Tesco

Tasty Ice Cream – Impero Software

Best Furniture on a Stand – Minecraft and Microsoft

Products we’d love to take back to school

–       Zu3D

–       BlueOcean Robot

–       PlotagonEdu

–       Ohbot Robot

–       nowpressplay

–       Ultimaker

Katy Potts, computing and e-safety lead for children’s services at Islington Council “The best judges of what motivates children and inspires them to learn, are children. This year there were several schools at Bett, who brought a number of their pupils to the show to provide an additional view of what they considered good learning resources. It has been fascinating hearing their thoughts and views on each exhibitor and their products; the exhibitors should be proud of the acclaim and the children took the role very seriously.”

Caroline Wright, director general designate of BESA added: “Tens of thousands of educators visit Bett each year to see what the UK can offer the world in educational ICT, it is increasingly apparent that schools also value the opinion of their students. Reviewing the products, their price and purpose was also a wonderful learning experience for these students.”

Debbie French, exhibition director at i2i Events Group said, “It is important for education resource suppliers to consider the style and design of products that engage students; their feedback and opinions should be invaluable. It is therefore highly appropriate to add this category to the Bett Awards.”

For more information, please visit www.bettawards.com

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Notes for Editors

About Bett

Celebrating its 32nd anniversary in 2016, Bett has evolved into the world’s leading event for learning technology, with a broader remit than ever before. Covering the breadth of lifelong learning, the event brings together more than 35,000 industry leaders, practitioners, professionals and inspirational figures to share ideas inspiration on how to support learning together through technology. Bett 2016 will run over four days from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 January at ExCeL London.  For more information, please visit http://www.bettshow.com/.

About i2i Events Group

i2i Events Group delivers world-class exhibitions, large scale events and festivals in key sectors including home and gift, fashion, retail, healthcare, energy, environment, education, technology, media and creative. Its portfolio of world-wide events includes World Retail Congress, Spring Fair, Naidex, BVE, Bett, Money 20/20 and Pure London. It prides itself on opening up possibilities for its customers and each year brings more than 250,000 decision makers together to network, source, test, buy and sell brilliant products, services, ideas and solutions. i2i Events is powered by Top Right Group, formerly known as EMAP International Ltd. http://www.i2ieventsgroup.com/

About BESA

BESA, the British Educational Suppliers Association, is the trade association representing more than 300 educational suppliers in the UK, including manufacturers and distributors of equipment, materials, books, consumables, furniture, technology, ICT hardware and digital-content related services to the education market. For more information, please visit www.besa.org.uk.

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