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Lanarkshire school’s hat-trick

27th March 2015

A Lanarkshire school has scored a hat-trick in a Viridor sponsored eco award and will again represent the region at the ntional final in the Scottish Parliament. Calderglen High School, East Kilbride, were selected by judges to win the Lanarkshire heat of the company’s GO4SET science, technology, engineering and maths programme in partnership with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT).

The Go4SET programme was open to secondary schools across Lanarkshire and links teams of second year pupils with companies and universities to offer a practical, hands-on, 10-week science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) experience. The aim of the programme is to change pupils’ perceptions of these subjects in order to increase the number of people seeking further education and potential careers in STEM areas.

Students who took part saw their outcomes assessed at a celebration event at South Lanarkshire Council’s HQ where teams presented their solutions to guests and were interviewed by a panel of experienced assessors drawn from a variety of areas in the field of STEM.

Speaking at the final, Martin Grey, Communications Manager for Viridor said:

“Today’s modern resources, recycling and renewable energy sector is bringing world-class technology to Scotland with Viridor alone investing £1.5bn across the UK. Central to our success in translating zero waste policy into practice will be a new generation of bright, confident your people at the heart of the green economy.

“It’s for these reasons that Viridor is investing in science, technology, engineering and maths education in Lanarkshire schools, opening young minds to opportunities in this increasingly global, high-tech sector. The enthusiasm of our young learners was inspirational and the support they received from North and South Lanarkshire Councils, corporate partners and others was exceptional. It’s that positivity which will drive young people to STEM subjects and in turn, to brighter futures.”

Meg Wright, EDT Director for Scotland, commented:

“This dynamic and innovative curriculum based programme has proved to significantly change the perception of young people on careers and opportunities within science and engineering industries.”

The other award winners at the event were Trinity High School, Rutherglen supported by TATA Steel who won the Best Team Work Award and Larkhall Academy supported by South Lanarkshire Council who won the Students Choice Award.

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