Students get an eco-education at inaugural EcoRipple event!
Students in Cornwall were offered the chance to explore being eco through a new event hosted at Treviglas Community College – EcoRipple. Taking place on the 4th of July, in partnership with St Columb Minor Academy, the inaugural event explored sustainability through educational workshops – including learning about how our food gets from farm to fork and a chance to get hands on in some exciting sessions! Workshops included students getting the chance to make a solar powered robot. Powered by a small solar panel, with three legs made from felt-tip pens, the DIY robot’s small electric motor rotated an off-centre fly wheel which made the whole thing wobble around across a sheet of paper drawing colourful patterns as it went. The event featured a range of workshops and exhibits from Cornwall College, Cornwall Sustainability, Happy Energy, Hendra Holiday Park, Community Energy Plus, Cornwall Waste Forum and many more! The event was born out of the two schools’ desire to make steps to become as energy efficient as possible – and to ensure sustainability filters down through the curriculum to help students become more eco-minded. Gordon Stone, caretaker at Treviglas who looks after energy management, said: “The event was a fantastic opportunity to bring together companies and organisation who are making a real difference to sustainability, and students who are interested in learning about it. It was great to see students engaging with sustainability through fun and hands-on workshops. We are hopefully looking towards a second event next year.” Treviglas’ energy team have made a dramatic impact to the sustainability of the college over the past year, resulting in 3 award commendations at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards and the receipt of a Bronze Eco School Award. St Columb Minor have taken similar leaps in their eco-activities, with the receipt of the Green Tree Gold Award from the Woodland Trust, the Ashden Award in 2010, Sustainable Communications winner at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards in 2009 and Green Flag Award. Malcolm Godwin, Premises Manager at St Columb Minor, added: “The EcoRipple event is something that we at St Columb Minor Academy are very happy to be part of. We are about to be reassessed for our Green Flag Award which is something we are very proud to hold. An eco-event such as EcoRipple is an opportunity to celebrate and share our knowledge and understanding of sustainability with other schools in Cornwall.”