Lo­cal school scoops £1,000 with fu­tur­is­tic cre­ation

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

Whist it may ap­pear that ‘Poke­mon Go’ is tak­ing over the world, young­sters at Or­ton Wis­tow Pri­mary School have cre­ated their very own fu­tur­is­tic friends that are set to chal­lenge the lat­est craze.

Re­cently, lo­cal busi­ness Mick Ge­orge Ltd in its drive to ed­u­cate chil­dren on re­cy­cling, set young­sters in schools through­out its op­er­at­ing ar­eas of Peter­bor­ough, Cam­bridge, Northamp­ton and Bos­ton the task of pro­duc­ing a ‘Re­cy­cle.Bot’ out of re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als. They were asked to pro­vide a name for their Ro­bot and also de­tails of any su­per­pow­ers it posses to help the en­vi­ron­ment. Af­ter an over­whelm­ing re­sponse, which saw in ex­cess of 300 ap­pli­ca­tions the even­tual win­ner for Peter­bor­ough was ‘Ria the Re­cy­cling Ro­bot’ which was cre­ated by Ria and Alistair, of Or­ton Wis­tow Pri­mary School. Ria’s spe­cial pow­ers in­cluded a neck­lace of flies that eat fruit rub­bish, and another func­tion that re­cy­cled plas­tic in to t-shirts’

The win­ning school wins £1,000 and a Mec­cano Pro­gram­mable Ro­bot (worth over £100), with the pupils in­volved in pro­duc­ing the Ro­bot each tak­ing home a Play­mo­bil Re­cy­cling Truck, and a trip for their en­tire class to at­tend the launch of Mick Ge­orge’s new Re­cy­cling Plant at St. Ives, Cam­bridgeshire, to see ex­actly what hap­pens to their waste.

Laura Pot­ter, Or­ton Wis­tow Pri­mary School said: ‘’ The chil­dren re­ally en­joyed the com­pe­ti­tion. It was great for them to have a fo­cus for their re­cy­cling ac­tiv­i­ties. It re­ally made them think about the dif­fer­ent items that can be re­cy­cled and what they can be used for. We are de­lighted with the cheque which will be used for fur­ther en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tiv­i­ties as part of our com­mit­ment to be­ing an ‘Eco school’ while the gifts will be used in Key Stage Two to help the chil­dren de­velop their pro­gram­ming skills.’’

The ini­tia­tive was aimed at pro­vid­ing young­sters with a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the im­pact that waste has on the en­vi­ron­ment, en­cour­ag­ing them to re­duce, re-use and re­cy­cle for a greener fu­ture.

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