Saturday, 21 February 2015

Last Tuesday, during the half term, members of the Eco Group gave up their day off to come into school and work on their projects. Despite some setbacks involving an unforeseen power test and various technical difficulties, each group made a lot of progress on their projects. We'll let these pictures tell you the rest. Enjoy!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

On Tuesday, a large portion of the Eco Group were excused from their regular timetable in order to work with Mr Stanley, our guest who is helping us with the practical aspect of the Solar Garden. Last week, he visited us to help us plan the garden and this week we began to construct the actual physical elements of the garden such as the chicken coop and chicken run!
In the morning, we revised the plans we had drawn up last week and after break we got in to the DT rooms and began work on the chicken coop. We split into 4 teams and each team constructed a certain element of the coop. It took the rest of the day for us to reach near-completion of the structure however it was to a very good quality and we're all proud of the product.
The EcoTech team were not a part of the construction and stayed in to make further plans for the solar panel and its stand which will be constructed in the weeks to come. Some of the modules required for the solar panel to work were broken so some members of the group got onto the phone to the Solar Energy Alliance and ordered some replacement items which were delivered later on in the day. The EcoTech group are now fully prepared for the mounting of the solar panel and will now be focusing on getting the Raspberry Pis set up to do what we want them to do when we set them up permanently with the solar panel.
Next week, we hope to get some more structures completed for the garden and we hope to have it up and running by the end of this term. Be sure to check back for more updates in the coming weeks!