St Mary's Biodome
One of the aims of our school is to provide our children with skills and knowledge that will equip them for the future. With this in mind, we designed our curriculum around the STEM- philosophy of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Being adventurous in our outlook we applied for funding for a BIODOME. With the help of ITEC North East and some fantastic local companies, we were able to purchase one for the school field.
What's a BIODOME? You may ask...
Well, it is a climate-controlled greenhouse. It is constructed of polycarbonate triangles assembled to look like a dome. The shape allows it to withstand wind and rain.
Inside there is a water tank that fills the thirteen 'pods'. Ours is a HYDROPONIC Biodome in that the plants grow in rocks and water, not in soil!
St Mary's is one of only two schools in the north of England that has a Biodome.