Portstewart Primary School & St Colum’s Primary School – Marvellous Movers Project
Location: Central Avenue, Portstewart, BT55 7BT & Lever Road, Portstewart, BT55 7EF
Entry Date: 07 December 2017
Talented pupils at Portstewart Primary School and St Colum’s Primary School demonstrated their potential as future scientists and engineers by collaborating on a prize-winning STEM project, Marvellous Movers.
The neighbouring schools were named as finalists in the 2017 Rolls Royce Science Prize due to the excellent standard of their project, which involved pupils designing and building moving vehicles from recycled materials. Seeing off stiff competition from around the UK, they claimed the prestigious Eden Award, which is given to schools that have made a notable contribution to ecology education. They also came second in the overall competition.
While undertaking the project, pupils from both schools improved their understanding of environmental sustainability. They used enquiry based learning approaches to investigate the potential uses of discarded materials. At Key Stage 1, the students focused on building the moving vehicles. This learning was further developed at Key Stage 2 by challenging the children to power the vehicles using renewable energy resources.
The Rolls Royce Science Prize celebrates excellence in science teaching. Held annually since 2004, over 600 schools from around the UK have benefitted from the awards’ prize funds. More information can be found here.