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Castle School scoops £1,000 with futuristic creation

Added 21.09.2016

Whist it may appear that ‘Pokemon Go’ is taking over the world, youngsters at Castle School have created their very own futuristic friends that are set to challenge the latest craze.

Recently, local business Mick George Ltd in its drive to educate children on recycling, set youngsters in schools throughout its operating areas of Peterborough, Cambridge, Northampton and Boston the task of producing a ‘Recycle.Bot’ out of recyclable materials. They were asked to provide a name for their Robot and also details of any superpowers it posses to help the environment.

After an overwhelming response, which saw in excess of 300 applications the eventual winner for Cambridge was ‘Queen Bettybot’ which was created by 9 pupils in Deer Class, of Castle School. Queen Bettybots special powers included a glitterpack to spread magic recycling glitter around the world, as well as silver popping wings to fly.

The winning school wins £1,000 and a Meccano Programmable Robot (worth over £100), with the pupils involved in producing the Robot each taking home a Playmobil Recycling Truck, and a trip for their entire class to attend the launch of Mick George’s new Recycling Plant at St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, to see exactly what happens to their waste.

Carol McCarthy, Head Teacher at Castle School said: ‘’A huge thank you to Mick George Ltd for organising a super competition. It was such a wonderful event for our children to be involved with. We were thrilled to win and our Primary pupils were very excited to welcome representatives from the business to our Recycle.Bot assembly. The prizes were amazing.’’ 

The initiative was aimed at providing youngsters with a better understanding of the impact that waste has on the environment, encouraging them to reduce, re-use and recycle for a greener future.

Stuart Costello, Head of Marketing at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Everyday we see various stories related to the state of the environment, now and in the future. As with many of our initiatives we’re continuously engaging with local schools to help educate on important matters that will influence children forever, such as our ‘Safer Roads’ campaign. The Recycle.Bots was no different.’’

Costello continued: ‘’The idea was to add a little creativity to the competition to incentivise the children to get involved but also help with other areas of the curriculum’’.