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Dixons Music Primary will be attending the Born in Bradford Air Pollution finals

Posted 29th March 2023

Congratulations to Dixons Music Primary who will be attending the Born in Bradford Air Pollution finals in June.

Since January, a group of Year 6 students have been participating in an exciting after-school club working alongside Born in Bradford, Bradford Council and the University of Sheffield, to create an original idea to help stop air pollution in Bradford.

The process started with Leeds based charity IVE delivering workshops and introducing the challenge of reducing air pollution. Over a nine-week period the students were supported to create and develop their ideas ready to present at an Industry Panel pitch at their school. The winning pitch was the idea to create a drone which can suck bad air pollution in and bad air pollution will be given to scientists so they can help record information on type of air pollution collected. The pitch events were scored and the team with the most original, applicable and affordable idea was chosen to go forward to a grand final pitch event in Bradford City Centre on Clean Air Day in June 2023.

Bradford Council and Born in Bradford are funding IVE to deliver Applied Creativity Labs in 11 primary schools in Bradford to help children develop creative problem-solving skills to find new, innovative ways to reduce air pollution during Autumn 2022 and Spring 2023. 165 children Year 5 & 6 students from across Bradford have been busy working on developing new ideas having had creative thinking and problem-solving training from IVE and having heard from a variety of experts and professionals with a vested interested in reducing air pollution.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “It is fabulous to see so many children interested in developing their ideas to reduce air pollution, particularly here in Bradford where air pollution levels are above the legal limits. The Bradford Clean Air Zone is only one part of our journey, the Applied Creativity Labs are integral to learning and understanding why we must improve air quality in order to improve the health of everyone in the district. I am looking forward to hearing the pitches from the finalists at our event on Clean Air Day 2023.”