British Science Week: Our visit to Medway Primary School

Vortex and Marston Holdings led a workshop educating children on air pollution and mitigation strategies.

Scott Sutton - 28 March 2024

British Science Week 2024

British Science Week is an annual celebration that fosters interest and engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

This year, we teamed up with one primary school in Medway, Kent, which stood out for its innovative approach to addressing pressing environmental issues.

Marking its ten-day run from 8 – 17 March 2024, the week revolved around 'Time,' emphasising the pivotal role time plays in scientific discovery and innovation across various fields.

Amidst the festivities, Medway Primary School welcomed Nick Ruxton-Boyle, our Director of Environment and a STEM ambassador for the Group (Marston Holdings), to enlighten key stage 1 students about pollution and climate science.

Addressing an audience of nearly 200 eager learners, Nick discussed the three primary forms of pollution: land, water and air.

With a genuine call to action, he outlined simple yet impactful measures individuals can take to mitigate pollution, such as embracing recycling practices and reducing reliance on vehicular transportation.

The session highlighted Nick's introduction of the Vortex air quality monitors, strategically placed in schools around Medway and designed to monitor and improve local environmental conditions through real-time data on pollution sources.

Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, students gained invaluable insights into the importance of monitoring air quality and its implications for public health and well-being.

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Nick delivering the pollution workshop / Pollution catchers exercise

In a bid to assess the school's current travel habits, Nick conducted a comprehensive travel survey. The survey revealed that nearly half of the key stage students commute to school using active modes of transportation, a promising indicator of the community's commitment to sustainable living.

Inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards, Nick guided students in crafting their pollution monitors using everyday materials like paper plates, string and "pollution slime" (commonly known as Vaseline).

With creativity in full swing, students personalised their monitors with vibrant designs and messages advocating for clean air and unpolluted environments. Expressing his admiration for the students' enthusiasm and dedication, Nick said

I was impressed by the students' knowledge of climate change and pollution and how they got stuck in with the citizen science project. The members of the eco council are doing a great job, and I look forward to seeing their ambitious new travel plan

Nick Ruxton-Boyle Director of Environment

As British Science Week continues to inspire curiosity and ignite passion for STEM disciplines nationwide, Medway Primary School's collaborative efforts underscore the transformative power of education in shaping a sustainable future for generations to come.

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