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GO4SET education launch in Moray

12th November 2015

School teams from Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray eagerly attended the launch of the Go4SET competition. This annual competition encourages pupils to gain an understanding of how maths, science, engineering and technology (STEM) is a central part of the world around them and gives an insight into future careers.

The excitement was palpable as the teams of 6 x S2 pupils met their industry mentor who will work with them on an environmental project over the next 10 weeks. The pupils will learn about team work, research, project management, presentation skills as well as building a model of their project recommendations and writing a report. During the launch pupils were given 2 team building activities, the Roller Coaster Challenge and Build a Balloon Chair. These encourage the teams to use project planning, communication and team work skills.

The project will be assessed at a celebration event in the new year where the teams are required to display and present their solutions to guests and will be interviewed by a panel of experienced assessors drawn from a variety of areas in the field of STEM. The winning team will be invited to the National Final in June.

The companies supporting the school teams are RAF Lossiemouth, Hub North East, Diagio, Grampian Housing Association, Conoco Phillips, Balfour Beatty, Aberdeen Asset Management, Total and Aberdeen Endowment Trust. Schools taking part are Fraserburgh Academy, Harlaw Academy, Kemany Academy, Northfield Academy, St Machar Academy, Torry Academy, Elgin High School and Lossiemouth High School.

Viridor is the main sponsor of Go4SET across Scotland and Martin Grey, Head of Media Relations & Public Affairs, commented:

“As Scotland’s leading recycling, renewable energy and sustainable waste partner working with 96% of local authorities we are keen to encourage young people to get involved in energy management. Viridor are delighted to support the Go4SET programme across Scotland, challenging young people to think about their environment and future. Like Viridor, young people are committed to their environment and conscious of how they utilise resources. I look forward to seeing the results of the project findings when the pupils return to report their findings at the CAD events”.

Go4SET is a national programme, which is part of the Engineering Development Trusts continuum of programmes aimed at stimulating the interest of young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at a key stage in their education.

Meg Wright, Scotland Director, said:

“Go4SET encourages young pupil of today to be the engineers and scientists of tomorrow. It also helps them develop skills in team working, communication, report writing and problems solving – all essential skills in today’s world of work”.

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