Monday, 19 May 2014

In recent discussions we have been brainstorming ideas on extra fundraising to fund our future projects. One of the main ideas was to bring our Eco Group to local primary schools. From this, we can raise extra money as well as encouraging younger generations to get involved in saving the environment. So far, we have chosen various local primary schools to go and produce eco workshops for the pupils to participate in. This includes a short talk about what we are doing and also a practical activity in which students can create things for their own gardens! As an example, they will create things like bug houses and wormeries. We also hope to give others a few tips on how to make their school a more eco-friendly place!

Friday, 16 May 2014

As you know at BBHS Eco group we’ve been working on many different projects, such as the Raspberry Pi project, and the garden rejuvenation project. But what we haven’t looked into yet is recycling. At the Eco group we hope to start a project related to recycling; more specifically recycling drink cans. Although each type of recycling is important, we’ve decided to tackle cans specifically. We made this choice because our school does seem to have an outstanding problem with recycling. It also helps that we can sell the cans and help the Eco Group fund to future projects.
With this project scheduled to start soon, we aim to not only teach other students about recycling cans and the benefits of it, but to make the school cleaner by recycling. Hopefully we can get this project started and in the works before we go into Year 10. To get this project up and running we will be thinking over the next week how to make this a sustainable project that can continue after we leave, and before we think of that we need to think of an incentive to encourage people to recycle cans.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

For the past couple of weeks we have been working on a new project. We are creating a short film about our recycling system at school. This is for a competition hosted by Suffolk Recycling. The prize that we are hoping to win is a compost hot bin. A hot bin is a compost bint hat can produce compost extremely quickly; we can even put our cooked food waste in there!

We have developed a team of enthusiastic students who have been planning and developing their ideas to create a short film. We have incorporated techniques on recycling plastic bottles and aluminium cans.

We have decided that the Hot Bin will be extremely beneficial to the schools compost system which also includes our future projects.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The EcoTech Project has been well underway for a long time now, over a year in fact, and it's time to start concluding it as we have nearly met our goal... Kind of.
Although our project aims have changed drastically we have finally decided that our current project, hosting a cloud storage server from a solar powered Raspberry Pi microcomputer, is coming to an end! When we first set out to create an EcoTech project, out aim was to monitor the school's energy usage using a Raspberry Pi  After analysing the project several times, we finally decided that out ambitions for the project outcome were too high and we were forced back to the drawing board! 
After weeks of brainstorming, we decided to set out at another project - hosting an Eco Group website from a solar powered Raspberry Pi. This project was seen through right to the concluding stage - we purchased a domain name, I coded the website (with help from a template), and the project was more or less complete... We even won a prize in a competition hosted by the Raspberry Pi Foundation!  However, problems hit when we realised how little power we'd be giving the site and how slow it would be if it was hosted from a Pi and problems also struck when we started communicating with the school's ICT department and realised how hard it would be to host the site ourselves! Back to the drawing board - again!
After a few days, our next project was in the works - hosting a cloud storage server from a solar powered Raspberry Pi with OwnCloud  This project will be concluding this week as we've finally got the cloud platform functioning inside of the school - now we just need to get it working externally and also we need to get the Pi hooked up to a Solar Panel and put on display in the Eco Garden next to the Learning Resource Centre. In order to display our Project, we have put together a display case from unused scrap wood and plastic in the technology room department of the school.
All together, our project has been, in my opinion, a great success and I am proud to say that I took part in making this project happen as the outcome is something we can all be happy about! I enjoyed working with my friends on this project and I look forward to working on more projects with them in the future!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

On the 3rd of April 2014, the eco-garden project began. Our ambitions, however, were put on hold when we discovered a duck's nest, a pigeon's nest and one other which does not appear to be inhabited. We hope to continue the project with the ducklings and squab still living in the garden. Soon we will have a few birds tables and bird baths for our feathered friends.
In the months leading to this blog entry, we have undergone vast changes in our garden to improve it environmentally, and aesthetically. Today is the second phase of the transformation. Due to weather (and laziness!) the garden had been left in a derelict state for many years, until a month a two ago, when the refurbishment began.
We are also planning to plant flowers in the garden where there were previously weeds and moss. At the moment we have Fuchsias, Primroses, Forget-me-nots, Lily of the Valleys and Wild Violets which have been gathered and selected to be placed in the garden. We also plan to place a vertical garden against a north facing wall, and will hopefully make it using recycled plastic bottles and wire. This would be the most eco-friendly and effective idea for our garden. Follow this link to follow up on our ideas.