The Great Exhibition At Home

Lili and Isaac from year 7 enjoyed a celebratory Zoom session as part of their prize for winning a national competition over lockdown. They enjoyed a talk by engineer, Laurence Kemball-Cook and were able to ask him questions about his inventions.

The ‘Great Exhibition At Home’ was inspired by the famous 1851 celebration of the wonders of industry from around the world and designed to find schoolchildren’s bright ideas for the future.For seven weeks the two young inventors worked on a series of inventions via Zoom calls with each other. They then chose their favourite one and created a 60-second video explaining how it would work.

Their favourite idea ‘Pollution Solution’, a device for sucking up plastic waste from the sea and recycling it, was entered into the competition organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering. Their design won the national primary trophy, and they came second overall.Rode Heath Primary School has been running a ‘think like an engineer’ initiative for the last four years, where pupils explore practical engineering concepts. Mrs Wiskow, who leads the STEM activities, said: “We are extremely proud of both Isaac and Lili. It is a clear demonstration of the impact our project has had on pupils.”

Well done to you both!

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