Last week, on Friday 21st September 2018 the top 3 Water Explorer teams came together at HSBC Headquarters in Canary Wharf, London. The day was full of fun, food and judging.
We welcomed Cairis from The Wiggly Wild Show and her water-loving creatures. She taught us all about the wonders of creatures such as hermit crabs, snakes, frogs and (our personal favourite) a giant land snail! The teams even got to have a go at holding the animals.
We were also delighted to welcome our judges from the amazing organisations; Eco Schools; STEM Learning; The World’s Largest Lesson and HSBC.
The day kicked off with the marketplace where each school displayed the incredible work they had done over the last year as Water Explorers. The judges were then able to get to know the teams individually and ask questions. It was then time for the schools to present to the rest of the room. Corbridge Middle School were up first and did a very humorous and creative presentation showing how the different year groups had come together to be strong Water Explorers. Monkspath Junior and Infant School were up next and discussed the remarkable things they had done by connecting to Water Explorer teams in South Africa and Malta. Torwood House School discussed their amazing work alongside their calming water picture presentation that they had put together for their school breakfast club. They also performed a beautiful water saving song. All these impressive presentations made the judge’s decision a difficult one.
After a lot of deliberation Monkspath Junior and Infant School from Solihull were announced the UK National Winners for 2018. The team showed lots of passion, hard work and student leadership in everything they did.
Everyone was so impressed by all the schools and their amazing water saving work, the teams should be so proud of themselves.
We can’t wait to see what the year ahead holds and once again a huge congratulations to Monkspath Junior and Infant School!
The Water Explorer Team
Completing Challenges will help you climb the Water Explorer leaderboard. In addition, your project work can be used to support CREST and Eco-Schools Awards.
CREST Award (British Science Association)
Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.
Use Water Explorer Challenges as a basis for a CREST Bronze Award. To get the Award, you’ll need to spend at least 10 hours on your project. Find out more about CREST Bronze Award here.
Tackle Water Explorer Challenges and gather evidence to apply for an Eco-Schools Award. Challenges address several Eco-School topics including Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Global Citizenship. Take the plunge and go for your Green Flag Award! Find out more about Eco-Schools England here.
Contact the Water Explorer team through firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on how Water Explorer can help you achieve sustainability success.
Global Action Plan UK (GAP UK) is an environmental behaviour change charity that has been helping people to adopt more sustainable lifestyles for over 20 years. GAP UK works with schools, communities and businesses to develop and deliver programmes that change behaviours.
GAP UK led the design of the global WaterExplorer programme and is coordinating its delivery across the 11 countries. You can find out more about us at www.globalactionplan.org.uk