Part of the Inspirations series from Teachers TV, this video describes how The Writhlington School Greenhouse Club has grown to have national and international contacts.
Students from Year Seven to Thirteen are involved in the project and many are given their own roles and responsibilities, from growing to pollinating orchids. The students make contacts with established professionals whom they would not normally meet, making the project very empowering. Some students are carrying out the kind of research usually carried out at PhD level.
Simon Pugh-Jones, a former engineer and now head of physics, discusses how students became involved in the project and what they do. He also talks about:
• What students gain from being members of the club.
• What opportunities the project has given the school.
• Where he envisages the school going with the project.
• The links the school has established with Kew, The Eden Project, Brazil, Costa Rica and India and what this means for the students.
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