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South Shore students go Pole to Pole for Blackpool Zoo

Students at Blackpool's South Shore Academy are working with Blackpool Zoo to deliver a GCSE enterprise project

Posted by Hannah Oakman | April 30, 2015 | School life

The project is part of the zoo’s contribution to the international ‘Pole to Pole’ campaign.

Pole to Pole is the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria’s sustainability drive for the Arctic and Antarctic. The campaign aims to encourage people to take greater responsibility for their impact on the environment.

Budding graphic designers and design technologists at the school, operated by the Bright Futures Educational Trust, were asked to design a board game and animated wall light as their GCSE Controlled Assessment that could be sold in the zoo’s gift shop to raise awareness of endangered polar animals and melting ice caps.

In a project devised to reflect working as professional designers, Blackpool Zoo’s Commercial Manager Sias Delare tasked the group of almost 70 Year 11 students to design and develop products which would educate visitors to the zoo to ‘pull the plug’ on energy waste and, consequently, animal endangerment.

Jane Bailey, Principal at South Shore Academy, said: “As part of the diverse curriculum on offer at South Shore, it’s important that our students get the opportunity to develop their understanding of the commercial world, and this project has been a great example of that. Our students can be extremely proud of the products they’ve created from concept through to delivery and we look forward to inviting Blackpool Zoo back to the Academy to see the finished articles.”

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