Severn Trent launches new education experience for hundreds of thousands of local children

Friday 9th November 2018

Severn Trent has officially launched its ‘Wonderful Water Tour’, a new innovative educational roadshow created to inspire and educate children across the Midlands all about the wonderful world of water.

Made up of ‘The Digibus’ and ‘The Experibus’, the roadshow uses cutting edge virtual reality technology, including the incredibly popular Minecraft game which allows children to get up close and personal with some of Severn Trent’s dams, sewers and reservoirs, to provide primary school children with an exciting, digital, hands-on experience where they can learn about water efficiency, sewer misuse and the importance of hydration.

The vehicles are a completely new experience in the sector and they will run alongside Severn Trent’s current education programme that already reaches more than 100,000 children every year. 

Liv Garfield, Chief Executive at Severn Trent, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that we’ve been able to develop such a fantastic new education experience for children all across our region and I truly believe it will inspire the next generation of water users. 

“We spoke to teachers and children alike to get their input and then created the buses based on their thoughts and ideas. I really do think they’re a fantastic experience for children at primary school and I know that, after visiting our buses, we’ll help develop a generation that takes water efficiency and sewer savviness to their hearts.”

Created in partnership with Because Creative Experiences, the Digibus allows children to enter a whole Severn Trent world, created in Minecraft, using virtual reality to follow the water journey from source to tap. 

The Experibus offers a more hands-on experience, letting children play the part of different roles, such as scientists and engineers as they search for leaks or conduct water quality tests.

“Water is such a precious resource we really shouldn’t take for granted,” adds Liv. “We want to engage, amuse and amaze a whole generation with our new experience.” 

Starting in Nuneaton, Warwickshire this week, at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, the buses will go on to travel the whole Severn Trent region, aiming to visit every single primary school at least once in the coming years.

Tracey Gillin, Year 5 teacher at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School said: “The Severn Trent 'Wonderful Water Tour' helped launch our Wild Water topic with a splash! It inspires and educates the children, catering for all children's interests and abilities. The knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff engaged the children at all times and helped bring our water topic to life.”