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Glasgow schools celebrate science and engineering challenge

09th June 2016

The brightest and best budding scientists and engineers from secondary schools across Scotland’s largest city met in Glasgow City Chambers recently to contest the city final of one of the UK’s largest STEM education competitions, GO4SET sponsored by Viridor.

The Go4SET competition is focused on inspiring young people into science, technology engineering and maths careers, and emerging top of the pile was a team calling themselves ‘Eco Heroes’ from Lourdes Secondary School. The team completed a project entitled Eco Classroom and they aimed to create an eco- classroom that was available to all pupils.

In the hard fought final, twelve teams from the area showcased their innovative ideas to create eco classrooms, stations of the future and new finance technology. The teams involved were all engaged in an intensive ten week programme of outbound visits, expert presentations, practical modelling and desk research, before having their work assessed by a panel of experts.

Schools participating included Drumchapel High, Glasgow Gaelic School, Hillpark Secondary, John Paul Academy. Jordanhill High, Lourdes Secondary, Notre Dame High, Rosshall Academy, St Andrew’s Secondary and St Paul’s High. The teams were supported by mentors from Glasgow City Councils Land and Environmental services and Viridor.

Hannah Christie, Teacher at Lourdes Secondary said:

“I was so impressed by how reliable the pupils were, the teams completed this project by themselves. It is great to see them here at the final chatting with other teams and making connections”

Meg Wright, Director of EDT Scotland, added:

“The GO4SET programme not only challenges the pupils in the STEM subjects but also helps develop team working, project management and presentations skills. It is heart-warming to see the growth in confidence and esteem when the teams present their work at the celebration day. We are delighted to be working with a variety of companies as well as Viridor who sponsor the event.”

Alan Cumming, Director of Capital Projects, Viridor, commented:

“As Scotland’s leading recycling, resources and energy recovery partner currently investing £154m in Glasgow, we are again delighted to challenge young people to look at the opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths.

“Glasgow is at the beating heart of Scotland’s green economy with fantastic opportunities for young people from all backgrounds to learn, study and start their careers. We’re delighted to be long-term funders of GO4SET, opening young minds to fantastic futures right on their doorstep.”

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