A group of year 10 students spent a fun day at the University of Exeter in Penryn looking at Environment and Sustainability issues related to the textiles industry.
The University offered a selection of activities including laboratory work, investigating water quality and treatment and examining fibres under University grade microscopes (which were amazing!) We also worked on an environmentally sustainable fashion statement based on a lab coat using the ideas we had learned during the day. Another activity was based on a version of the game Monopoly but looking at the ethics of clothing retailers and how they how they consume valuable natural resources to the detriment of the environment, especially trees.
These activities enabled us to think in depth about the issues we are surrounded by in the fashion industry and also gave us a valuable introduction to the University experience.
We finished the day with a tour of the University campus, visiting the Camborne School of mines building and Geography and Environmental Sciences. We also saw some of the lecture and seminar spaces and the laboratories. All agreed it was a very enjoyable and useful day, especially the lunchtime pasties.
Mrs D Datson
Teacher of Science