6. Don’t take chances if there is a possibility that Earth’s environment may be harmed.

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Pupils use creativity and group work to produce innovative designs for new beach habitats.

Tim Clench - Faculty Head of Science

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Our students have been involved in helping to shore up local wildlife. Students joined forces with Bournemouth University on a real-life research project to encourage native wildlife on Boscombe Beach. The students – all members of our STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Club – were set an intriguing challenge by the Research Group at Bournemouth University.

They were tasked to design structures that can be attached to the groynes on the beach that not only look attractive but also encourage native wildlife. This certainly got our students’ creative juices flowing. Following a visit to the beach to identify the organisms that already lived there the students set to their task. They dedicated an hour and a half after school every Thursday to work on their ideas and carry out small-scale prototype materials testing.

Designs included a wooden duck, an aluminium boat, an octopus made of a tyre and ropes, a wooden duck, a combination of buckets and ropes, and a brightly decorated wooden box containing interesting shapes and surfaces. Prototypes of the designs have now been made and are undergoing durability testing.

Working to ensure the local environment is not harmed.

All of the students have been awarded the Bronze Crest Award – a national award that recognises hard work and dedication to STEM subjects.

B. All Forms Of Life Are Interconnected