On Tuesday the 9th of July, ITEC North East and St. Mary’s school officially opened the Biodome. It has certainly come a long way since it’s planning stages began in November 2018. To gather information, I visited St. Mary’s School to speak with their Head Teacher Annette, she showed me the Biodome firsthand and explained to me her vision. Even at this stage, I knew the possibilities the Biodome could bring to the school were astronomical. The Biodome truly brings so many different ways for the students to learn life long skills and broaden their educational experience. From maths to science, the Biodome ticks every box.
The Biodome will help the students learn academically, but it also presents the students with the opportunity to learn about the environment. The Biodome is self-sustainable, all the plants/produce are grown without fertiliser. It even generates its own power through solar panels. This is a massive benefit to the environment. We are constantly reminded of the increasingly poor condition of our planet and how heavy the weight will be on future generations to fix the problems previous generations have made. The Biodome will definitely do that.
Back in November when I first saw the structure of the Biodome it was empty. In a short period of time, it has transformed and has an abundance of life. The work the students have done inside the Biodome has been nothing short of excellent. To see the progress in such a short amount of time is a testament to the great work that can continue through the thousands of students who will enter the school in the years to come.
The opening of the Biodome was a fantastic event. Steven Bellwood, one of the Board Directors at ITEC North East spoke about the benefits of the Biodome. He described the importance of the Biodome for our future generations and why ITEC North East are delighted to sponsor the project. The Biodome will give the students the opportunity to grow leaps and bounds. On top of the excellent learning for students inside the classroom, the learning outside the classroom is just as important. Supporting this opportunity has been a privilege and to have our name alongside such an amazing project is a blessing.
ITEC North East would like to offer a special thank you to Gardeners World regular Joe Swift for attending the event. Joe was able to take some time out of his busy schedule to officially open the Biodome. ITEC North East would also like to say a special thank you to all the local businesses that contributed; Palram, E2e Total Loss Vehicle Management, Thinford Nurseries, Skill Mill and Aycliffe Fabrications Ltd.