One of our very talented Year 8 students, Aiden Oakes, was recently awarded the Key Stage 3 runner up prize in the TG Escapes Outdoor Learning Design competition, run in association with Headteacher Update and SecEd Magazines.
The competition challenged students with imagining and designing an ‘outdoor learning centre for the future’ which must incorporate an eco-building and outdoor space. Aiden scooped the prize for his well explained creative design which included research on biodiverse energy sources and sustainable materials.
The judges were blown away with Aiden's design, which was well-considered and highly informative for a student of his age. One judge commented: “A well-organised proposal which is supported by detailed notes. I like the idea to plant lots of natural species to encourage wildlife. You have considered how the design supports eco-living with the water-butts, vegetable plot and compost toilets. The idea of open areas where people can move between the interior and exterior spaces freely and safely is well-considered.”
Aiden's technology teacher, Miss Hargreaves, commented: "I was so impressed with Aiden's approach to the challenge. His in-depth research into sustainable materials and eco-buildings allowed him to create exciting and innovative designs. All of his design choices were backed up with research to meet the brief set by the client."
Aiden will now receive his prize of a tree planting pack including ten trees to adopt from TG Escapes’ tree planting initiative, EcoMatcher.