Maritime Academy Trust Invention Expo

‘Ideas to Save the Planet’ topped the bill at this year’s Maritime Trust Invention Expo as 600 eco-warriors aged 4-12 from 7 of our schools spanning Blackheath, Gillingham, Eltham, Greenwich, Woolwich and Plumstead joined forces to showcase and celebrate ingenious inventions to make our world a better place.

Creations ranged from a whale designed to consume plastic waste from our seas, robotic bees to pollinated plants in the face of global bee extinction, an eco-friendly washing machine driven by pedal power and a tree cloning machine designed to generate much-needed oxygen for our planet. 

Children keen to share their ideas travelled to Featherby Juniors in Gillingham from schools based across London and the South East including Featherby Infants, Brooklands Primary in Blackheath, Greenacres Primary in Eltham, Millennium Primary in Greenwich, Nightingale Primary in Woolwich and Timbercroft Primary in Plumstead.

The brainchild of Nick Osborne, CEO and National Leader of Education, Maritime Academy Trust, this yearly event fits perfectly into our entrepreneurial curriculum, designed to foster creativity and encourage pupils to adapt and succeed in the modern world, whilst focussing on the importance of sustainability and the environment.

Even Early Years pupils from Featherby Infant School got on board with the eco-action by cleaning up the environment around the school and turning their discoveries into instruments and jewellery. Tia from Yellow Class in Reception explained her creation: “I found an old egg box in a bush, and I made it into a drum with stickers and glue.”

Commenting on the event Nick said: “At the Maritime Academy Trust we pride ourselves on the 6 Cs - character, collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and citizenship - which are the driving forces which help our learners get the most from their education and have the best school experience.

“Our curriculum is dedicated to giving every child the opportunity to be creative and work with their peers to secure amazing results. Our Maritime Expo today illustrated just how much every child can achieve when working in a positive environment, supported by excellent, dedicated teachers. A big thank you to everyone for making this event such a great success!”

Carole Hornsby, Education Partnership Lead and lead for setting up the Expo commented: “Children have an opportunity to learn about the importance of looking after their environment and this has to be a collective responsibility. We need to change people’s mindset to do this.”

The whole event was 100% sustainable too – waste food and coffee cups were composted and crisp packets were saved for recycling into emergency thermal blankets! Check out some of our footage from the day here: