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Pupils tackle recycling and energy saving with STEM competition

22nd February 2018

Pupils addressed real environmental challenges at their own school while exploring Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as part of the Engineering Development Trust’s Go4SET Scheme.

The 10-week competition, which saw the year eight and nine pupils transform into engineers, was sponsored by the Lakeside Energy from Waste (LKS EfW) facility near Slough, a joint venture between waste management companies Grundon and Viridor.

Each of the five schools had to think like a real engineering team, as they wrote a project report, created an exhibition stand and presentation to deliver to a panel of five judges.

The judging panel was comprised of STEM influencers including TV presenter Johnny Ball and Slough borough councillor Dexter Smith.

Johnny Ball amusing the students 

The Beechwood School in Slough’s energy audit concept, with the likes of thermal imaging technology to find areas for improvement, secured them the Best Overall Project Award.

Trevelyan Middle School in Windsor developed a game which encouraged students to recycle more paper and cardboard – promoting positive behaviour change.

The Staines based Magna Carta School also showed strong environmental potential, winning the Most Innovative Project Award for the design of a single folder capable of holding all notes.

Upton Court Grammar School’s team in Slough not only found ways to reduce food waste but also proposed diverting waste into compost to grow to produce for school meals. This project won the Students’ Choice Award.

Holyport College created 3D energy models of their old science classrooms. A new science block is being constructed, presenting a unique opportunity for the students to encourage energy efficiency in the new building.

In his closing speech to the children, Mr Ballsaid: “What I hope you learned during your participation in the Go4SET programme is that a deeper understanding of STEM subjects will give you the tools you need to make a lasting impact on this planet.

Councillor Dexter Smith said: “I never cease to be impressed by the ongoing commitment of LKS Energy from Waste to promote environmental responsibility and support the local community – making good use of their unique education centre.”

The aim of the Go4SET programme is to introduce the idea of studying STEM subjects and its potential to alter the world we live into year eight and nine pupils.

Lakeside Energy from Waste already has plans to support the Go4SET programme during 2018/2019.


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