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Pupils take up the challenge to design a model School

Six local primary schools are taking part in the Model School competition and if you would like to see how they get on all the models will be on display in Alexandra Park on Saturday 23 June at the Pathway to Construction event.

Pathway to Construction is a FREE fun-filled day for all the family celebrating and showcasing the skills and opportunities in the construction industry and the built environment – focusing on eco construction and sustainable technologies.

Throughout the day there will be hands-on demonstrations by students at Sussex Coast College in bricklaying and plastering, carpentry and plumbing. Children can try their hands at flint cutting and straw bale building, while you get some information and advice on solar power and energy conservation from local organisations Energise Hastings, Rother Environmental Group and Earth and Air Energy. There will be diggers and dumpers, workshops and play activities – something for everyone!

The day also features the school House Build challenge – the culmination of a competition held for local secondary schools and sponsored by local contractors Booker & Best Ltd, George Stone Ltd, Westoaks Builders and Wilmott Dixon to build a scaled house. You can watch their progress during the day and cheer on your favourite team. Teams include:William Parker, Hastings Academy, St Leonards Academy and New Horizons.

You can also check out the ‘Model’ Schools developed by local primary schoolchildren, and vote for your favourite Eco Pod – a cross-channel challenge to design and build an Eco Pod for the Bridge community centre, with teams from England and France having just 24 hours to come together and realise their ideal model.

With lots of great food, entertainment and local music plus a spectacular finale from the internationally acclaimed Close Act, this is a day not to be missed!

Pathway to Construction is part of the Interreg Ecofab project which encourages the exchange and acquisition of knowledge, as well as the development of skills in the field of eco-construction.

Further information can be found at the Pathway to Construction website.

Alexandra Park, 10am–4pm on Saturday 23 June. FREE EVENT

Posted 11:09 Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 In: Green Times

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