Pupils from two Southampton-based schools impressed business professionals after telling them about their innovative ideas for saving water in a prestigious environmental competition.
Aqua Innovation is a programme run by Southern Water which aims to inspire youngsters to come up with ways to help reduce how much water and energy people use. Each team that took part had an expert helping hand from a mentor specialising in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM).
The youngsters from St Anne’s Catholic and Upper Shirley High School got the chance to brief the Regional STEM Director for the South East when he paid a visit to each school and presented them with their CREST awards from the 2012 Aqua Innovation school’s challenge.
St Anne’s Catholic School presented the ‘Cup-a-kettle’, which saves water by boiling just two cups of water at a time and Upper Shirley High showcased the ‘Water Challenge App’, a mobile phone app promoting positive water-saving behaviours in the form of news, quizzes, tips and competitions.
The awards were from the British Science Association in recognition of their use of science, technology, engineering and maths to solve ‘real life’ challenges and are endorsed to provide credit on future university applications.
Bitterne Park School, who won the competition, are due to be awarded their CREST awards in the next couple of months. They beat nine other schools from across the South East to take top honours with an idea centred on a device which turns a shower’s water flow into a mist when you are washing, and back to normal for rinsing.
Ajay Sharman, Regional STEM Director for the South East, added: “I was hugely impressed by the presentations from the schools and the broad range of ideas generated in this Aqua Innovation challenge. I am particularly glad STEM Ambassadors supported the schools and pupils in considering different aspects of water conservation, water efficiency and overall sustainability, which helped guide pupils in developing practical concepts and solutions to water usage.”
Southern Water’s five-year programme to install 500,000 water meters across the South East began in Hampshire in late 2010, with more than 60,000 new meters installed across the county to date.
You can find out more about the programme and how it is helping secure future water resources by visiting www.southernwater.co.uk/metering or calling the dedicated Metering Customer Call Centre on 0333 2003 012.