Day to remember for Smart Kids, Smart Energy champions
A total of 31 children from six Jersey primary Schools enjoyed a day to remember yesterday. As prize winners in the Smart Kids,Smart Energy Design Competition, run by Jersey Electricity and Eco Schools to mark November’s Energy Month, the children, along with teachers from their respective schools, flew to London with British Airways before breakfast to visit the Science Museum and were all back home in time for supper after a whirlwind of unforgettable sights from Stephenson’s Rocket of 1829 to real rockets that took man to the Moon in 1969.
In the vast three-storey building they learned about the development of steam power in the Energy Hall, explored space, viewed the most iconic objects that have shaped our lives through centuries, explored the histories of agriculture, measuring time, medicine and materials. But perhaps what enthralled the children most was the museum’s superb new Mezzanine Gallery packed with fascinating interactive modules.
The school with the biggest representation was St Martin’s from where overall winner Ethan Fryer took his entire class on the trip. They were joined by the competition’s five other finalists, Poppy-Anne Elcock, Patrick Filleul, Rebecca Arthur, Bryna McGee and Jaimee Lincoln and their friends representing Trinity, St Clement, JCG Prep, St Mary’s and St George’s. All six finalists from an entry of over 600 from 13 schools have had their designs made into adverts for Jersey Electricity featuring in the JEP and local magazines throughout November. Ethan’s Smart Electric House has also been made into a huge poster currently hanging from the bridge inside the Powerhouse retail store on Queen's Road.
St Martin Deputy Head Jenny Pryke said: ‘The children had fantastic time. It’s an amazing educational facility. I think it’ll be one of those experiences they will never forget.’ Trinity’s Rae Hardisty said: ‘We had a brilliant time and learned loads. Thank you Jersey Electricity for this fabulous prize and organising a very smooth and enjoyable trip.’
Eco Schools Progamme Manager Jane Burns said: ‘Despite the day being a long one, the behaviour of all of the children was impeccable and the enthusiasm of staff was brilliant. What great ambassadors they all were for each school - and also for Jersey.’