The Lever Prize 2017 Winner – Z Arts – organised Manchester primary school children to visit the Alstom Transport Traincare Centre in Longsight after buddying up with the business to look at the workplace and introduce them to the amazing technology. A group of 30 children from Webster Primary School, who are taking part in the NWBLT Lever prize funded project My Planet, visited the Alstom Depot in Manchester to learn all about the services that the NWBLT member provides to the train industry in the North West.
The trip helped the children learn all about the benefits of train travel and what Alstom do within their Manchester depot including the full size train scanner, the fully computerised train parts store, how a train is fully refurbished and many other amazing train facts.
The children took part in scanning train parts using their own hands, driving a model engine, the process of starting a Pendolino, watched an intercity Pendolino tilt , trains getting cleaned in the train wash and even had their lunch in a 1st class carriage.
In January 2017 Z-arts were awarded the prestigious Lever Prize, which includes £10,000 cash and the opportunity to collaborate with some of the region’s most influential business leaders. The judges awarded the Prize to Z-arts for a brand-new project – MY PLANET – which is a creative arts project aimed at increasing attainment and aspiration for primary aged children living in poverty in Hulme and Moss Side with applied learning that can be used across the region and nationally. In February the school visited Z-arts to watch Ground Control, a unique performance for seven to twelve year olds with no adults allowed! Ground Control asked its audiences to decide the future of a new planet. Using a giant projection screen and a live, highly intelligent computer it asks participants to decide on an identity for the planet as well as its laws and values.
Alstom Transport who are members of the NWBLT and whose trains provide a third of all UK rail journeys, played host to a visit of Year 4 pupils (aged 8 and 9) from Webster Primary School in Hulme at their Manchester depot. The aim of the day was to help the children decide what forms of transport they would take from Earth to their new planet Modenburg and decide their new transport plan.
The Year 4 teacher from Webster Primary School Mr Penney commented “that it was the best trip he had ever been on and the school children were considering careers as train drivers.”