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School Report: Learning about the Olympics

With one year to go until the start of the 2012 Olympics, School Reporters from Burlington Danes Academy investigated how things have changed since the first time London held the Games in 1908.

The BBC buildings in White City are built on the site where much of the London Olympics were staged more than 100 years ago.

Burlington Danes Academy is almost next door to the site, but four School Reporters said they knew very little about the Games and set about finding out more.

By looking at some of the original artefacts, now held by the University of Westminster, they discovered where athletes had travelled from to take part, more about the Games themselves and why the current marathon distance is not a neat 26 miles.

They also visited the BBC's 21CC unit to animate some of their findings, which can be seen in their film.

But first, Jasmine, Amy, Jay Vee and Kennon started their journey of discovery outside the BBC, on the site of the original finishing line.


BBC News School Report is a project which gives 11-16 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

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