Students share stage with top speakers

The KEVI students at the TEDx Newcastle conference.
The KEVI students at the TEDx Newcastle conference.

The screening of an interview with innovative education guru Sugata Mitra at Morpeth’s high school impressed those in attendance at a regional event.

Organised by Newcastle University and Thinking Digital Limited, with support from Newcastle Science City, TEDx Newcastle brought together a mix of academic, business, scientist and inspirational speakers. The theme was ‘research and discovery’.

A team of four King Edward VI School students set up a recorded interview with Mr Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at the university who is probably best known for his ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiment, last winter.

They edited the footage and their finished video received its world premiere at the event.

One of the students involved, Dominic James, said: “The day was a fantastic opportunity for us a group celebrate how far we have come over the past year.

“Our video was very well received by the audience and we have received some great feedback, particularly via social media.

“There were some very inspirational speeches – for example the talk about how aspirin can help prevent cancer by Prof John Burn – and to be amongst speakers of this nature was an honour.”

“It doesn’t stop here though, as the KEVI Student Voice Core Team will now drive on with the launch of our first TED Ed Club.”

The students’ interview with Prof Mitra can be viewed at