Pupils marvel at Seabin installation

seabin installation

17 pupils from local Portsmouth based Gomer and Westbourne Junior schools joined the 1851 Trust for a workshop on Ocean Plastic and had the chance to observe the newly installed Seabin in action – the first in the UK.

During the workshop the pupils, aged 10 and 11 learned about the impact of plastic pollution on sea-life, taking part in several games and activities to highlight the key learning points.

Pupil Oliver commented “The best fact I learned today is that it takes 475 years for a plastic bag to break down! I also learned that chewing gum is made from plastic – I will never consider eating chewing gum now.”Luana, age 11, Emily and Poppy, both aged 10, are pictured above with their pledges. Emily adds “We learned that plastic made a long time ago is still around today.  We can help by stopping to use plastic and recycle more.”

Last year, pupils from Gomer Juniors had studied the Seabin project as an example of design and technology in protecting our coastline, so it was a real treat for the class to meet Pete the CEO and founder of The Seabin Project – and the young engineers in the group lost no time in quizzing him:

“How many design prototypes did you have to make?” enquired Harry, aged 10 and whilst Louis wanted to know how much the project had cost and Emily asked “What has been the hardest part of the development process?”

After explaining how it works, the pupils were excited to watch as it was turned on and immediately started sucking in empty drinks bottles, milk cartons, discarded cotton buds and pieces of rope.

  • This is the first Seabin to be installed in the UK, and is expected to collect on average 1 –1.5kgs of debris per day.
  • The Seabins collect floating debris and micro plastics down to 2mm in diameter
  • Each Seabin has the capability to collect 83,000 plastic shopping bags or 20,000 plastic bottles per year (1/2 ton)

The group cheered as a large piece of polystyrene bounced around the edges and was finally captured!Louis laughs “This is better than watching football, football doesn’t have such a cool machine!”

Classmate, also called Louis added “It doesn’t mean we can throw more rubbish away, but it is good to know that something is picking it up. It’s been amazing today. I can’t pick a favourite bit – there’s been so much!”

Gomer Junior Teacher, Sharon Toone summarises; “It’s been a really inspirational day. It has built on the ocean plastics work we did last term – and now the children have met a designer, someone who is inspired looking after our environment, and seen their invention in action! It’s been amazing.”

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