The ArcelorMittal Orbit
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London
We have been lucky enough to work with the amazing ArcelorMittal Orbit – the symbol of the 2012 Olympics and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
During our first visit, we were amazed at all the educational opportunities that it offered. It definitely has the ‘WOW FACTOR’ for pupils.
Before you even arrive, the unusual structure captivates the imagination with its shapes and twists and turns; pupils arrive ready and eager to engage with learning. Why not read on to find out more about the UK’s tallest sculpture?
We have summarised the Top 5 Reasons
Why You Have to Visit with Your School
1. The Slide
Pupils (and teachers) cannot resist the thrill of riding the LONGEST, FASTEST, TALLEST tunnel slide in the World! Not all school trips offer such a unique experience. Travel at speeds of up to 15 m.p.h. as you twist, turn, loop and drop down 178m of slide.
In the 40-second trip, circle around the ArcelorMittal Orbit 12 times and weave your way through the loops and curves, including a tight corkscrew section named the ‘Bettfeder’ – after the German word for ‘bedspring’ – before ending with a 50m straight run back down to Earth!
2. The Views
ArcelorMittal Orbit has fantastic 20-mile, panoramic views of the city. Your pupils will be amazed and engaged with their interactive screens that offer insights into the other iconic buildings within London. Outside viewing areas bring you even closer to the sites and give you a great opportunity to view the areas within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
3. Entrance and Exits
At ArcelorMittal Orbit, even the way you arrive and leave the sculpture is extra-ordinary. Your journey begins beneath the 80-tonne domed steel canopy before embarking on a 34 second lift journey 80 feet into the sky! How you exit is your choice … either go back to Earth in 34 seconds via the lift, or if you are brave enough, feel like you are walking on air by taking the 455 stairs that spiral down the outside, whilst you experience a sound experience. And of course, you could always #RideTheSlide to the ground!
* Specially Designed Mats for The Slide for Physically Impaired Visitors
* Having Wheelchairs Available for Visitors Use
* Step-free Access Throughout
* Complimentary Tickets for Carers
* Disabled Toilets
* Magnifying Glasses for Visually Impaired Visitors
* A tactile Scaled replica of the ArcelorMittal Orbit
* Audio-Descriptive Features on their Interactive Screens
* Static Literature to Assist the Hearing Impaired
Where else can you stand upon a structure with enough steel to make 265 double-decker buses? The ArcelorMittal Orbit is made from 60% recycled Steel and includes steel from washing machines and used cars. These are just some of the facts that will amaze and enthral your pupils.
Check out our summary below