Environment - Wheely good climate work

7th May 2010 at 01:00

An outdoor classroom and enough bikes for an entire class are to become available to pupils in schools at East Ayrshire's Grange Campus, after they were awarded a grant.

Grange Campus was awarded #163;55,570 from Keep Scotland Beautiful's Climate Challenge Fund, thanks to a bid by Morag Ferguson, a transition teacher in science working with pupils from Grange Academy, Annanhill Primary, Park School and Woodstock School.

Mrs Ferguson is now forging ahead with the Power Off and Learn Outdoors (Polo) project. Pupils will monitor the energy used in their homes, using newly-purchased devices to track the output of energy from appliances. Information will be displayed on school smartboards, and pupils will instigate action plans to reduce energy use at home.

Next will come a cycle-to-school initiative, with funding spent on a class set of bikes, maintenance and instruction.

Finally, money will be used to create an outdoor learning environment in the school grounds. It will pay for 25 raised beds and polytunnels where pupils can grow their own fruit and vegetables; gardening equipment; outdoor clothing; and expert consultants.

The Climate Challenge Fund is now closed.

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