Pool Academy’s space mission voted Best School Multimedia Project

Pool Academy has won a multimedia award for sending its school mascot into space.

The school scooped the title of Best School or College IT / Digital / Multi-Media Project category at Cornwall Live EDGE Awards.


The event took place in Newquay’s cinema for the very first time to celebrate digital and tech businesses in Cornwall.

Phil Jones, Pool Academy’s IT Network Manager, student Alfie Baker and their team have twice successfully launched Buzz the Bear to the edge of space in a helium balloon. Also attached to the balloon was high-tech equipment to help trace the flight and a 360 camera to take photographs of the trip. The team called the space launch Project Infinity.

Mr Jones said: “We were very excited to hear we had won our category. The whole team is amazed at how Project Infinity has captured everyone’s imagination.”

Alfie, Pool Academy student and a driving force behind Project Infinity, said: “I think it is really good that after we spent all this time on the project we have been recognised not just by the school but also an outside organisation.”


Claire Meakin, Pool Academy Principal, said: “This is an incredible achievement by the whole team.  Buzz the Bear generated a lot of excitement across the whole community and we had hundreds of entries from budding engineers, presenters, reporters and designers to take part in the second launch.  I am very excited to see where Buzz takes us next time."

Unfortunately Buzz the Bear was unable to attend the event so Tim Rumbelow, from Cornwall Live, picked up the award on his behalf.

There were twelve categories at the EDGE Awards to celebrate the work of entrepreneurs in Cornwall.

The overall winner was Software Cornwall which works to inspire and train future tech stars and connect businesses and people in the sector across the county.

The EDGE Awards night was compared by Cornwall Live editor Jacqui Merringron and RoboThespian from robot makers Engineered Arts.