Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 11:45

Nearly 250 children took over the Eden Project yesterday (Monday November 4) as four Cornish schools learned what it is like to work at the famous Biomes.

The first-ever Eden Takeover Day saw pupils aged nine to 11 from St Mewan Community Primary School, St Agnes ACE Academy Primary School, St Columb Minor Academy Primary School and St Columb Major ACE Academy Primary School taking part in the fun and educational event. 

To highlight the many jobs that are available at Eden, children joined eight different Eden teams - horticulture, narrating, retail, marketing, catering, communities, science and maintenance.

This scheme has been funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company’s newly-established Primary Careers Fund, as part of a range of projects which will contribute towards the development of a Primary Careers Resource available to all schools.

Eden’s project aims to increase primary children’s awareness of the array of job opportunities that are available in Cornwall and beyond through engaging with Eden Project staff representing diverse backgrounds and job roles.

Among the activities were making pizzas with the Eden chefs, writing catchy headlines with the media team based on the Infinity Blue sculpture and building plastic pipework with the maintenance team.

Matt Tooke, teacher from St Columb Minor Academy Primary School said: “It was a fun and exciting day which really made the children think about what possibilities are open to them in the future.

“The children were engaged and enthused by meeting real-life people from real-life jobs. It was such a worthwhile experience. We would love to be a part of it again next year.”

Sam Kendall, Eden’s Education Manager, said: “We’ve been delighted to welcome so many engaging and enthusiastic young people to Eden and for them to have a go at so many different job roles, getting them thinking about their positive, possible futures.

“By creating a series of workplace encounters for children this will not only help to broaden their knowledge on a variety of jobs and careers, it will also give them an authentic context to practise the skill of setting themselves a goal and how they could possibly achieve it.”

Following the event, it is hoped pupils will use their new knowledge to think about their strengths and interests, as well as exposing them to the different possibilities for future careers.

The second Eden Takeover day is now being planned for February 2020 with four different schools in Cornwall.

Every year around 50,000 schoolchildren experience a lesson at Eden, and more than 120 students are studying for a degree there.

For more information on the School team at Eden, visit our website