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Northern Irish schools scoop major science prize in London

Two Northern Irish primary schools have scooped a major science prize in London.

During the previous school year, Portstewart Primary School and St Colum's Primary School (also based in Portstewart) teamed up as part of a project which involved pupils designing and building their own moving vehicles.

Together the schools were awarded the Rolls Royce Eden Award at a ceremony in London on Monday night - an award given to schools in recognition of their contribution to ecological education.

The 'Marvelous Movers' project involved more than 400 pupils from both schools.

The aim of the project was to "engage the children in stimulating and challenging learning opportunities".

Speaking the the BBC's Good Morning Ulster programme, Portstewart Primary School parent governor Heather Quiery said: "Well it was interesting because they interpreted it very differently at the beginning. They started talking about giraffes.

"And we had to get it back on course. But they came up with weird and wonderful inventions like ferry rockets, and hybrid vehicles. Some of them used renewable sources of energy."

Primary five teacher Michelle Shaw from St Colum's Primary School said: "As ecoschools we endeavour to make sustainability an integral part of our school life, in both schools. And we were trying to address some environmental issues in the local community, such as reducing waste and saving energy."

"And so we challenged the children to make moving vehicles from recyclable and reusable materials. That’s why we are so proud of our children who have won this wonderful award for the Eden project." 

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