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Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 17:02

Cwmcarn Primary School near Newport, South Wales, has received the prestigious Rolls-Royce Science Prize Eden Award from the Eden Project for its work to improve the whole school’s science programme.

The award winners, led by Cwmcarn’s Rolls-Royce project leader Roy Scourfield, had an exciting day visiting Eden’s famous Biomes in Cornwall accompanied by Rolls-Royce Education Liaison Leader Rani Gill.

The award winners’ were hosted for their day at the Eden Project by Bran Howell, Education Development Officer, and John Ellison, Head of Education Strategy at Eden Project who judges entries for the Eden Award.

Rani Gill of Rolls-Royce said: “It was great to see the team and pupils from Cwmcarn being recognised for their excellent project by Eden. The day was fascinating and the pupils got a real insight in to how science and engineering can help provide solutions for real world problems. It was obvious that the day had been a real success and the pupils loved every minute.”

The award winners met Eden scientists, and came face to face with Eden’s iconic engineering, art and science to see some of the careers science could lead to.

Horticulturist Dan Kerins showed how Eden uses predators to control insect pests in the Rainforest Biome. Katie Treseder, Plant Health Officer, brought along her insect predators with their images magnified to human size.

The award winners gained inspiration and advice from Dave Saunders at Eden’s Grow Zone global vegetable garden to help them design and develop their own garden at Cwmcarn School

The Eden award is presented by Tim Smit, chief executive and co-founder of the Eden Project, at the Rolls-Royce Science Award ceremony each year at London’s Science Museum.

The finalists’ entries in the national Rolls-Royce Science Prize competition are judged and the award is given to the team that best represents Eden’s values.

Cwmcarn School won the award with their idea of ‘Science Envoys’-Year 6 pupils who worked with younger children to promote creative science at the school.

The Science Envoys planned a number of projects for the Year 4 and 5 pupils in biology, physics and chemistry. These projects included a challenge with Rolls-Royce aeronautical engineer Mike Hales and visits to DWR Cymru (Welsh Water) environmental education centres to learn about biodiversity. The students also organised projects that involved Swansea University, the University of Wales and the British Orienteering Council.

John Ellison said “Cwmcarn were a group with outstanding teamwork skills, enthusiastic and curious throughout the day. This school is a great model. It benefits both students and the surrounding community. Children took responsibility and a key role in negotiating with teachers, governors and students to direct their project.”

“Older children mentored younger children to take on team roles and evolve the programme for the next generation. Children developed many of the transferable planning and team-working skills essential for successful working life and making real projects happen. Their team involved both high fliers and a full range of ability and talents. Co-operation and sharing of workload, ideas, and credit for all team members’ input was clear.”

As part of their prize, students came to Eden to explore the Biomes and to learn how Eden uses science, technology, engineering and maths in lots of different areas. They also looked at Eden’s gardens and construction methods to gain inspiration for Cwmcarn’s school grounds.

For more information on the Rolls-Royce Science Prize and how schools can enter, go to: www.rolls-royce.com/scienceprize