Monday, October 15, 2012 - 15:30

Children from the school who won the renowned Rolls-Royce Science Prize Eden Award have visited the Eden Project to take part in educational workshops and see the inspiration behind their spectacular trophy.

Staunton-On-Wye Primary School in Herefordshire won the prize, set up to recognise inspirational science teaching and reward outstanding teachers, in a competition that received entries from more than 2,500 schools across the county.

Their winning project saw students at the school researching the environmental and social impacts of various building materials, which were then used to construct a play house in the school grounds while a new school is being built.

The Eden visit is part of a prize which also included £15,000 towards furthering science and innovation at their school and the Eden Award Trophy, which is modelled on the spectacular roof of the project’s Core building.

The trophy was jointly designed by the Eden Project, Grimshaw Architects and Rolls-Royce engineering apprentices, and was manufactured by David Adamson, Rolls-Royce Engineering Apprentice who represents Rolls-Royce in CNC milling in the World Skills competition. David Adamson spent the day at Eden Project with children and their teachers from Staunton-on-Wye School.

While at Eden, the winners explored the world-famous Biomes and took part in a Jungle Connections workshop, exploring the rainforest as a living ecosystem and rich resource, through rainforest products used in our daily lives.

They also did a workshop on how the Fibonacci patterns found in plants are often used in engineering and construction, a process known as biomimicry.

John Ellison, Eden Project Head of Education Strategy, who judges the award said: “Staunton-on-Wye School’s Rolls-Royce project communicated clear design, learning approach and purpose. A great way to learn by doing, older and younger pupils worked in teams with local businesses, used hands-on research of building techniques, of materials’ physical and life cycle properties, chose their materials, then constructed a house with a local master craftsman.

“This project approach developed teamwork and skills employers need for a vibrant and sustainable economy in Britain. We remarked on pupils’ maturity of thought, ability to put forward ideas and work in teams during their visit to Eden Project.

“We hope that The Rolls-Royce Science Prize Eden Award and their visit to Eden will inspire some of these young people with an interest in future careers in science and engineering.”

Karen Williams, Staunton-On-Wye Science Co-ordinator, said: “Our whole school has been immersed in exciting, practical science activities for our Rolls-Royce project. Our children have learned how to apply their knowledge and skills in the best way possible. We are all very proud of the house we have built and of the children’s commitment to using science responsibly.

“I was really impressed with the workshop delivery at the Eden Project which was focussed and lively with a good range of activities, open-ended questions and opportunities for discussion and dissent. It was presented in language appropriate for the age of our pupils. I also feel that we have picked up ideas and inspiration for our eco-schools work across the school.”

Rani Gill, Project Manager Science Prize, Rolls-Royce said: “It was great to hear the team and pupils from Staunton-On-Wye Primary being recognised by Eden for their excellent project.  It was clear that during their visit pupils got a real insight in to how science and engineering can help provide solutions for real world problems.”

The winning school was presented with their trophy by Sir Tim Smit, Chief Executive, Development of the Eden Project, at a ceremony at London’s Science Museum in November.