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Students greet BBC's globe-trotting Box

BBC Box in the car park at Television Centre
Students thinking outside The Box at its final destination: Television Centre

After a year sailing the world's shipping routes, the BBC Box is back on dry land - and School Reporters were there to greet it.

Students from three schools braved the cold and a very early start to welcome the red shipping container back to Television Centre in west London this morning.

Fitted with a global positioning system so online users can track its progress, the BBC Box has traversed the world's trade routes, stimulating schools to discuss issues of globalization, trade and the world economy.

BBC Breakfast Reporter, Declan Curry, interviewed the students live from in front of the 40ft-long container.

At the Priory School in Southsea, geography students have been following the container's travels across the world, each focusing on a specific leg of its journey.

Ethan, 13, tracked The Box from the Suez canal to Singapore.

Priory School student Ethan
Ethan, 13, tracked the box from the Suez Canal to Singapore

"We looked at how long the journey was, and if there was an easier way to take it."

"Sometimes there's a quicker way but it might mean going through dodgy areas, or stormy seas which would break the baggage. That's why this project opens your eyes a bit."

For School Reporter, Florrie, 13, the Box project has made her think more about where our clothes come from.

"I look in shops, at shoes, and wonder where they came from. Now I think they could have come from the other side of the world".

Bethany, Olivia, Maddie and Florrie, all 13, have been exploring the issue of piracy as the container continued its journey past the coast of Somalia.

students being interviewed by reporter
Priory School students have been tracking The Box around the world

Maddie said, "We put a map on the wall and put a little skull and crossbones on the gulf of Aden. We found that they are real, they're still operating today."

"But they're not stereotypical pirates with eyepatches and parrots" added Bethany, "You wouldn't know they were pirates."

A year ago, School Reporters from Park Community School in Havant waved the big red container off at Southampton Docks as it embarked on the first leg of its journey to China with a cargo of whiskey.

Neatherd School students Rio, 15 and Sian, 15 were in Shanghai when the Box first arrived in China, and travelled three and a half hours from Norfolk to West London this morning to welcome it home.

Rio commented "It was quite exciting. Before, I never really thought about how things travel round the world."

The Box will now be donated to a company which recycles shipping containers for use as classrooms and soup kitchens in Africa.



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