Portsmouth pupils tackling climate change with science

Yousef Alam 6, Isabella Doyle 6, Halle Wellham 6, George McKechnie 6 and Isabel Manchip 6 with one of the islands they made out of papier mache

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CLIMATE change was a top priority for students who took part in an innovative science project championed by professor Robert Winston.

Teams of 12 to 15-year-olds attended a UN-style climate change conference at Portsmouth Grammar School (PGS) after weeks of experiments and researching complex theories including the use of hydrogen fuel cells.

The youngsters from Priory, Mayfield, King Richard, St Edmund’s Catholic and Portsmouth Grammar schools, had been tasked with finding ways to reduce global carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.

This so-called Energy Island scheme developed by Imperial College, London, was designed to ‘bring science to life’.

Dipak Ghosh, a teacher at St Edmund’s, said: ‘This scheme has given pupils some idea of cutting edge science that is relevant to the “real” world.’

Lord Winston said: ‘We are delighted to collaborate with PGS in what we feel is one of the most exciting educational initiatives for years.’

A competition to make the most powerful wind turbine was won by PGS students.