In partnership with DuPont Teijin Films, pupils at Cargenbridge primary school in Dumfries (Scotland) recently took part in the school's annual World Quality Day Project.
This year's science-based theme was 'forces'. George McCormack, site training coordinator at DuPont Teijin Films (DTF) got the project started when he visited the school to talk to the children about forces in their work environment.
He then set each class (ages ranging from five to eleven) a challenge: to design and make working models of items that included pin windmills, a balloon-powered cars, and even a miniature fairground carousel.
Sean Shortall, Margaret Hood, Janice Graves and Alison Young from DTF returned to the school some time later to see the results.
"We were impressed by the children's projects, but also by the confidence they showed in presenting their work," said Alison. "The initiative called on them to use many of their higher order thinking skills and continuous assessment to improve their designs. It also showed them the importance of teamwork in getting results."
Each child was presented with a certificate and a special World Quality Day water bottle with overall winners chosen from each class. DTF also awarded the school with a crystal trophy to commemorate this year's successful collaboration.
"We congratulate all the pupils at Cargenbridge on the quality of their work, which was excellent." said Moira Jeffels, Quality Manager.
"The partnership between education and industry is very important to the future of the children involved, the local community and our business," Moira added. "We plan a repeat event next year."