Pupil’s ‘green’ robot wins school £1,000

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An environmentally conscious robot, which shares its name with a character in Star Wars, has helped win a Boston school won £1,000.

Earlier this year, Mick George Ltd set school pupils throughout its operating areas of Peterborough, Cambridge, Northampton and Boston the challenge of creating a robot or ‘Recycle.Bot’ out of recyclable materials.

The aim was to provide them with a better understanding of the impact waste has on the environment.

Children were asked to provide a name for their robot and also give details of any superpowers it possesses to help the environment.

Out of more than 300 entries, the winner for the Boston area was C3PO, created by Joash Thomas, eight, of Boston St Mary’s RC Primary School. Its special powers included ‘metal detectors for hands to collect and recycle trash and scrap metal.’

The school won £1,000 and a Meccano Programmable Robot (worth more than £100), while Joash also won a Playmobil Recycling Truck and a trip for his class to attend the launch of Mick George’s new recycling plant in St Ives, Cambridgeshire.

Lucy Coatsworth, Boston St. Mary’s Primary School said: “The Year 3 children at thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the Recycle.Bot competition. They made their robots as a Home Learning project and their families were hugely supportive. They learnt about recycling in the process and are now more aware of waste and we are recycling more in school.”