Lewes students rise to project challenge

Priory School pupils display water project at Linklater Pavilion, Lewes
Priory School pupils display water project at Linklater Pavilion, Lewes

Those bright sparks at Priory School have been playing their part in the Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

The students have made two highly innovative and useful contributions in the form of a model of how a ground source heat pump works and a leaflet that turns into a booklet that links to videos and ‘augmented reality’ technology.

With a grant from the Physics Society and advice from Dr Mike Hardiman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sussex, one group of Priory youngsters devised an exhibit that explains the complex workings of a ground source heat pump – a green and clever technology used at the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes for underfloor heating and hot water.

Assistant Head Teacher Suzanne Howells said: “We were quite apprehensive taking on board the task of trying to understand and then explain how the GSHP worked. However the students were up for the challenge and after a year of experimenting, planning and head-scratching we are very proud of our knowledge and believe that the model will definitely help people understand the options available in future for the use of sustainable energy within our homes.

“I am very proud of the students who worked relentlessly on this project and they deserve our admiration.”

Another group of students celebrated the launch of 5,000 copies of a specially designed leaflet, that can be cut and turned into a booklet, and will be available in the Lewes Tourist Information Centre, schools and various outlets along the Ouse Valley.

A stunning feature, created with the help of Dr Martin White and Tudor Pascu of the Informatics Department at the University of Sussex, is the inclusion of augmented reality that allows users of smart phones or computer tablets to see inside the Linklater Pavilion when it is shut.

Other features include video clips of the Lewes Railway Land Local Nature Reserve in flood conditions and a short interview about the importance of such reserves with Phil Belden, Director of Operations of the South Downs National Park Authority.

Priory Head Teacher, Tony Smith said: “We are delighted that our partnership with the Railway Land Wildlife Trust has developed so many important learning opportunities.

“Through working in partnership we have enabled students to apply their knowledge, understanding, skills and values to a variety of ‘real life’ projects. These projects enable our students to contribute to the present and future development of our local community.”