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Pupils Win Science And Engineering Challenge
St. Andrew’s & St. Brides engineering winners
A team of girls from St Andrew’s and St Bride’s High School outshone all their competitors in the Lanarkshire final of a schools’ science and engineering challenge.
The brightest and best budding scientists and engineers from secondary schools across the area met at the South Lanarkshire Council headquarters in Hamilton to contest the final of the area Go4SET competition.
And Lauren Taylor, Alison Kealy, Megan McRitchie, Erinna Muir and Ellen Aitken’s project which saw them research environmentally methods of creating energy such as solar panels, rain water harvesting, a solar panel tree and their design of an eco-science classroom earned them the top prize.
Sponsored by Viridor, the Go4SET competition is focused on inspiring young people into science, technology engineering and maths careers.
The winning S2 all-girl team from East Kilbride were supported by DTA Architects.
Their architect John Devlin said: “Working with the team over the last ten weeks has really opened my eyes to the energy and enthusiasm that a connected group can bring to a project – they are a real inspiration.”
The winning team from East Kilbride will now go on to compete in the Scotland final in June.
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 East Kilbride's Calderglen High and Duncanrig Secondary.
Meg Wright, director of EDT Scotland, said: “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.”
Karen Hall, communications business partner at Viridor, added: “We are keen to encourage young people to get involved in our industry and are delighted to support the Go4SET programme in Lanarkshire and indeed across Scotland, challenging young people to think about their environment and future.”