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'Plastic made fantastic' event in Coventry city centre to showcase pupils' work on climate change

Correspondent 27th May, 2017

MAKING art from plastic was the challenge for pupils from Coventry primary schools in a competion organised by a recycling organisation – and the creative results are set to be exhibited in the city centre.

A plastic image of Coventry Cathedral was among the entries.

Archie Baldwin, aged 10, of Wyken Croft school, explained: “It is the Coventry Cathedral in the blitz. I used plastic for most of it. It is important to recycle plastic.

“It stops them from making it all the time and it means we won’t keep polluting the world.”

Children learned about climate change, plastics, pollution.

Now an event called ‘Plastic Made Fantastic’ will showcase the winning entries of CoventryCAN’s (Coventry Climate Action Network) Primary Schools Art Competition.

It’s open between 10am and 4pm in Coventry Central Hall, Methodist Church, city centre, on Wednesday and Thursday. (May 31 and June 1).

There will be fun for all the family with free craft and gardening activities, as well as face painting.

The schools involved were Whoberley Hall, Broad Heath, Eastern Green, Howes Primary, St Gregory’s Catholic Primary and Wyken Croft.

Zaid Mayer, age 6 Broad Heath – “I enjoyed making the project and I think it is important to recycle. Because the world will go bad.”

Eva Dye, age 7 – Eastern Green Junior School “I enjoyed using recycled materials. I liked making the petals for the flowers – we heated the plastic from a bottle so that it moulded into the shape.”

India Foster, Project Administrator in the University of Warwick’s Department of Sociology and the organiser of Plastic made Fantastic said: “We were so impressed with the art works made by the children.

“We think that everyone who sees them will agree that they have all done a fantastic job.

“We hope that people have fun visiting our free exhibition and learn a bit about climate change whilst making their own art pieces, getting their faces painting and collecting some lovely wildflower seeds that are great for the bees!”

An award ceremony and lunch will be held on June 2 and is open to all parents and children of the participating schools, who are urged to attend.

The winners will receive for their schools £500 to do an eco-project at school, a personal prize provided by Coventry City Council and a small 3D printed version of their model made from recycled fishing nets thanks to Coventry Fab Lab.

To register online: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/sociology/research/currentresearch/toxicexpertise/coventrycan/events/booktickets

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