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Viridor backs Lanarkshire schools STEM challenge

17th March 2016

The brightest and best budding scientists and engineers from secondary schools across North and South Lanarkshire met in South Lanarkshire County Buildings, Hamilton this week to contest the final of the area Viridor GO4SET competition with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT).

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 from St Andrews and St Brides High School supported by DTA Architects and South Lanarkshire Council.

In the hard fought final, 11 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 10-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 Calderglen High, Calderside Academy, Carluke High, Cathkin High, Duncanrig Secondary, Pennicuik High, Larkhall Academy, St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High, St Aiden’s High, Trinity High and Our Lady’s High. The companies supporting the teams with advice and mentoring were South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Power, Scotland Transerv. EDF Energy. Tata Steel, DTA Architects, FMC Technologies, Sew Good and Morrison’s Construction.

Keynote speaker for the event, South Lanarkshire Councillor Monica Lennon, said:

“It’s been a pleasure to see this event hosted at South Lanarkshire Council where there’s been schools from right across Lanarkshire involved.  A big thanks to Viridor for sponsoring this event and to all the businesses who have taken part and mentored the young people.

“The young people have been so enthusiastic and passionate about the projects and there’s been some really brilliant ideas emerging.  It’s a great project to promote engineering to young people and I hope many of them will take forward a career in engineering as a result of this.”

The teachers supporting the winning team said

“The pupils worked extremely hard and we are very proud of them. Go4SET has been an excellent opportunity for our pupils to develop their inter-disciplinary skills and learn about the world of engineering”

MSP for the winning team, Linda Fabiani, attended the event and was blown away with the innovation and creativity of all the teams, speaking shortly after the winning team was announced Linda said:

“East Kilbride is full of talented young people and excellent companies helping them with their future career plans. Well done St Andrews and St Brides and DTA Architects”

Awards were presented to St Aidens High School for team working and Calderside Academy won Pupils Choice Award.

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.”

Martin Grey, Head of Media Relations & Public Affairs for Viridor, said:

“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 our industry.  Viridor are delighted to support the Go4SET programme in Lanarkshire  and indeed 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. ”

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pressoffice@pennon-group.co.uk