Recycling Day Success

Enrichment Recycling Day enables young people to work collaboratively to design and build a recycling bin that sorts at least 3 types of waste materials ready for recycling, during the day. Students demonstrate a range of skills, knowledge and experience that they can share with each other in order to produce their prototype.

Students were judged in a Dragons Den style scenario, where they had to present their pitch and product to the judges. The judges included the Academy site manager Malcolm Dundas and Jeff Barker who is the plant manager of Browns Recycling, a local recycling company who are experts on waste management and disposal.

Jeff kindly volunteered his time to come in to judge the winners of the competition. Out of the 30 teams of students in Year 8, three teams were selected as winners.

He said “I was very impressed with how good all the bins were and as a first time visitor to the Academy I was impressed, not only with the way the school looks but by the way it’s run”.

Students from the winning team have been given the opportunity to tour Brown’s Recycling to see what happens to the rubbish from their household bins. Jeff has also donated aluminum so that the winning bin can actually be made and used in the Academy.

The overall winning team was successful as they presented their product well, gave a good research base into recycling, identified what materials they would use and created a clear working model of their recycling system.

Mrs Price, Head of the ICT, Business and Computing Faculty, said “We are so proud of our Y8 students for designing and creating such brilliant prototypes and we’ve had fantastic feedback from the students who participated in the Enrichment Day. Students were eager to share their skills and take part as they were excited to enter and hopefully win the competition. One of the benefits of the day has been to encourage cooperative learning which we are very passionate about in our Academy.”

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