Students prove they are a class act

MP Amber Rudd is pictured with some of the students.
MP Amber Rudd is pictured with some of the students.

STUDENTS at St Leonards Academy proved their were a class act after taking part in a special science project.

The year nine students took part in a unique educational experience to develop their skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The aim was to try and understand how important the skills are in tackling issues such as global warming, clean water and sanitation.

Sponsored by Southern Water and run by an educational charity called The Smallpeice Trust, the students underwent a whole day project called The Sustainable Island.

They were tasked with designing and constructing a reservoir to store rainwater, connecting a pump to transfer water from a reservoir into a secondary reservoir and to build a free standing wind turbine that is cost effective and generates as much energy as possible to power the village.

The winning structures were judged on effectiveness, build cost, team working and stability.

Students also developed their skills in financial management, problem solving, communication and creativity.

Thea Wilson, of the Smallpiece Trust, said: “I was most impressed by the students’ team work and communication skills as well as the quality of the models produced with the students demonstrating competence in all STEM areas”.

Hastings MP Amber Rudd, who is one the Academy’s directors, attended the event.

The Academy also thanked The Smallpiece Trust who delivered the session and Southern Water for sponsoring the project.