Emmbrook pupils' whale of a time at home of Prince CharlesBy Lewis Rudd
October 08, 2010
Pupils at a Wokingham school with an idea to help reduce water levels used in toilets were invited to pitch their proposals at a recent awards ceremony.
Four Year 10 pupils at The Emmbrook School in Emmbrook Road headed over to Clarence House in London on Thursday, September 16, to pitch their creation, The Bloo Whale, to a panel of judges at the 2010 Footprint Friends Wipe Out Waste Awards.
The team claimed up to two litres of water could be saved every time a toilet is flushed by using its invention, a 15-centimetre by 10-centimetre blow up whale, in cubicles at the school.
The Bloo Whale, half filled with sand, would then be placed inside the flushing system of a toilet, helping to decrease the amount of space needed to be filled with water.
And backed by support from 18 classmates, the quartet – which was one of 10 competition finalists – put their device to a judging panel in what has been described as a Dragons Den-style ceremony.
The awards final was held as part of the Start Festival in London and hosted in the gardens at the home of The Prince of Wales.
The event aimed to raise awareness of ways people could make a difference to the planet.
Jane Lant, deputy headteacher at the secondary school, explained how the team spoke both “passionately” and “eloquently” about the project, but narrowly missed out on an award.
She told The Wokingham Times how the team had only a week to come up with an invention after citizenship teacher Charis Anderson put the school forward for the competition at the beginning of term.
“It was a superb day and the fact the competition funded the school to take along 18 classmates and two children made it that little bit better,” she said.
“It was all to do with recycling and renewable energy and I thought the team presented themselves very eloquently.
“The school was only put forward for the competition at the beginning of term after Miss Anderson found the event in one of her emails, so we only had the first week of term to put something together.
“They have done very well in such a short space of time.
“I don’t know if we can put the Bloo Whales in the toilets now because we would have received funding from the competition to do that, but we could propose a couple of ways of reducing water levels to the school manager.
“I think we will take part next year, especially as we will have more time.”
The team members each received a certificate and T-shirt to acknowledge their participation in the event.