Winners Announced for Together To Zero Innovation Projects

13 Jul 2022

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Two St Helens schools, De La Salle and St Theresa’s Primary School, have been awarded prizes for their innovative ideas to help cut carbon emissions.

With the help of workshops from Creative Hut and St Helens Chamber through the Together to Zero project, students were tasked with creating a product that would help the Region reach its Net Zero goals.

Together to Zero, funded by the Community Renewal Fund, this has seen local businesses receive funding and skills training to become greener as part of Liverpool City Region’s commitment to become Net Zero carbon by 2040, as well as working with local schools to raise aspirations for young people to pursue exciting sustainable career opportunities in the local region.

Leon Carroll, Project Manager at St Helens Chamber explained: “The Together to Zero project has included a range of workshops delivered to schools in the area aimed at helping raise aspirations for young people and bring to light the amazing, sustainable career opportunities in the local region for clean green jobs of the future.

“We had 66 amazing submissions from local schoolchildren which showed us and the judges that they were keen to do their part to cut carbon emissions, and they are looking at a greener future – we were really impressed with their ideas but the submissions from St Theresa’s Primary School and De La Salle really stood out.”

Together to Zero, funded by the Community Renewal Fund, will see local businesses receive funding and skills training to become greener, we have also worked with local schools to raise aspirations for young people to pursue exciting sustainable clean green career opportunities for the future.

The first winner was St Theresa’s Primary School, with their E-Tree Planter project.

Leon explained: “The team created a drone that would fly around the local area planting trees.  The drone can sense the weather, soil type etc. and make sure the seed is delivered with all the correct water and soil to make sure it grows.

“The pupils created an excellent poster with a prototype of their drone and gave an excellent presentation.”

The second winner of the day was secondary school De La Salle, with their Recycling Vending Machine idea.

Leon explained: “These smart machines will be placed around St Helens and using sensors will detect different types of recyclable materials to make sure the public sort them into the correct bins.

“People will be rewarded by recycling by earning rewards for recycling.  Their presentation was very informative, and they mocked up a prototype in their engineering room.  It was great to see their brainstorming ideas and that their project could have an instant impact on the St Helens community.”

Both schools impressed the judges, staff at St Helens Chamber and Creative Hut alike – and their creativity is a great sign for the future of the Region.

Rachel Wellens, Events, Education and Partnerships Manager at St Helens Chamber, added: “The submissions from all schools were brilliant, but St Theresa’s and De La Salle really stood out. Their ideas were inventive and so well presented.

“Schools, staff and pupils should be really proud of their efforts, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

The schools were all presented with Lego Robotics kits to continue the inspiring work and to be included in their lessons going forwards. The prizes were kindly donated by Lego with winning teams receiving Lego sets and certificates to celebrate their efforts too.

Leon added: “The ceremony provided a great opportunity to celebrate the pupil’s achievements and we’re really proud to be a part of this project. We hope the students gained a lot of great experience from this, and we’re excited to work with them in the future through Together to Zero and our Education programmes.”

To find out more about the Together to Zero project, contact info.togethertozero@sthelenschamber.com or visit https://www.sthelenschamber.com/business/together-to-zero/