In the past months, pupils from schools in the Dutch city of Groningen formulated ideas for future urban logistics in cooperation with students of the University of Groningen. ‘Web Expeditie Groningen‘ is a collaboration among the University of Groningen (UG), Public Education Groningen, the municipality of Groningen, Cisco and the Logistics Top Sector.
Finding city logistics solutions
The pupils worked for three months on finding new solutions for sustainable city logistics operations. They had the freedom to choose a specific topic and approach it from a social, technical, legal, philosophical and/or economic perspective. The emphasis lay on digital literacy, a fundamental part of the education program at primary and secondary schools in Groningen.
The pupils have devised unique solutions for the logistical challenges in their own unique way. Through vlogs, presentations and 3D prints they showed the audience, including representatives of the sector logistics, participants of the conference and parents, their solutions.
Groningen Alderman Ton Schroor received the results of the pupils and complemented the design of the project: “A wonderful example of how primary and scientific education, together with entrepreneurs from the business sector, tackle issues from the field.”
Albert Veenstra, scientific director of TKI Dinalog, is also enthusiastic about the project: “It’s nice to make children aware of logistics in this way and to let them think about the logistics of the future.”
In a new video, a number of pupils of the primary school The Starter ask questions about the logistics of webshop Frank to Benjamin Derksen, the co-owner of Frank. They also informed him about their own ideas for the city logistics of the future. Derksen: “I was amazed at the detailed and elaborate plans the children had of future-proof logistics solutions, and it is refreshing to look at professional challenges from a children’s perspective.”