On Wednesday 15th May, our teams from schools in Portsmouth attended the University of Portsmouth for an inspirational day of presentations and tours. Students received a fantastic welcome from the University’s student ambassadors with Tian Barratt of the outreach team welcoming the schools and sharing the impressive and innovative research and actions the university are taking in the field of sustainability.
Our 11 teams represented four schools; Ark Charter Academy, Castle View Academy, Mayfield School and Priory School. Teams delivered 5-minute presentations watched by judges, mentors and the other schools.
Our judging panel included representatives from business partners Tarmac, SGN, Mears and SUEZ. The judges had the chance to question teams on the ideas after each presentation before having to make the difficult decision of who to award the National Final place to.
This was no easy task as the judges were blown away by all the teams’ ideas, and the confidence and delivery of the presentations. After much deliberation, the judges did come to a decision, and here are the Runners Up, and the Winner:
Eco Brick-a-Bot, Mayfield School: This team have set out to tackle the problem of plastic waste by coming up with a bot that makes eco bricks. Plastic bottles, cups, cutlery, packages, containers and more can be deposited at one of the Brick-a-Bot recycling machines.
Renewabus, Mayfield School: This team’s Big Idea is to build completely self-sufficient buses. Even at night, the buses will be charged at depots by wind turbine created electricity, and they will utilise solar and hydro technology to power them too!
Energy Gym, Priory School: This team are passionate about tackling both obesity and the energy crisis. Their idea is to create a new kind of gym – ‘The Energy Gym’, allowing users to generate electricity and sell this back into the national grid.
Energy Gym are now through to the National Final at the Palace of Westminster on June 26th.
We wish team Energy Gym the best of luck as they prepare for the National Final. However, we want to congratulate ALL the students who presented on Wednesday and can’t wait to see how their ideas develop.
Written by: Charlotte Hosier, S4TP Programme Coordinator, South East
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