Future Scottish Talent Showcased in Go4SET Celebration
The cream of Scotland’s future science and engineering talent was on display at Glasgow City Chambers on Friday as 10 teams from schools across Scotland showcased their work in the national final of the Go4SET competition.
Sponsored by Viridor, the Go4SET competition is focused on inspiring young people into science, technology engineering and maths careers, and Kirkcaldy High School School emerged as the top team in a hard fought competition as a result of their project titled Eco Classroom, which saw the pupils design a water filter system using recycled bottles and cables.
Gordon Mizner, one of the judges, said ” the standard of entries was very high indeed, making the decision very difficult. The winning team produced an excellent, highly professional report and clearly worked well as a team and managed their project well”
Derek Allan, Head Teacher, Kirkcaldy High School said “"Kirkcaldy High School is delighted to be the 2016 Go4SET Scottish Winners and I must thank organisers EDT and all the sponsors supporting such a great event. Go4SET is probably the top schools' "STEM" competition, so very well done to John Hamilton, Dylan Jobson, Megan Jobson, Chloe Paton and Rachel Suttie. Our team was very well supported by our own Miss Tennant of the Physics Department and had brilliant backing from Brand-Rex Ltd of Glenrothes, especially Kennedy Miller, Technology and Sustainability Manager.”
All the teams involved also graduated as Industrial Cadets at Bronze level. This industry-led award credits each student for their contribution to team work, technical skills development and careers awareness. The students, along with the companies will be eligible to join the Industrial Cadet network, and benefit from being part of a nationwide network of emerging talent and future industry leaders. Industrial Cadets is one of the innovative ways that EDT and industry is seeking to address the skills shortages across the STEM sector. Mr Allan further commented “We see "STEM" as a great practical vehicle for boosting employability, and also see the skills developed through projects like this as being readily transferable.”
In the hard fought final the teams showcased their innovative ideas to create eco classrooms, stations of the future and new finance technology. The teams, already winners in their local heats 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 reaching the final were Boclair Academy, Braeview High, Brechin High, Fraserburgh Academy, Govan High, Kirkcaldy High, Lossiemouth High, Lourdes Secondary, St Andrews and St Brides High and Wallace High. The companies supporting the teams with advice and mentoring were Aberdeen Housing Association, Brand Rex, Cadence, Diageo, DTA Architects, Glasgow City Council, GSK, Michelin, Sciencesoft and University of Strathclyde and Viridor
Meg Wright Director for Scotland at the Engineering Development Trust Scotland said “Go4SET has a defining role in enabling students to take the step from thinking about their subject choices and deciding that they want to pursue further study or a career in science, technology or engineering. The participating companies keep their eyes open for talented students and many keep in touch as they progress through school. The GO4SET programme not only challenges the pupils to learn 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, Viridor, said:
“With a world-class track record in science, technology, engineering and maths, and world-leading climate change and green economy targets, there’s no better place to live, study and practice STEM than in Scotland. As business investing £1.5bn in ‘next generation’ green infrastructure, we also need to invest in STEM and young people. Whilst a tough choice for the judges, I’m really pleased this year’s prize heads across the forth bridges to Fife. Very fitting indeed. ”
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Notes for Editors
The EDT is a leading voluntary sector organisation working to inspire young people into careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through business/education links. Having worked in this area for 25 years and having national reach, EDT is expert in encouraging students to focus on the opportunities that STEM courses and careers can offer. The EDT is the largest partner for schools, colleges, and businesses looking to encourage STEM courses and careers. EDT Programmes include PreSTEM, First Edition, Go4SET, Open Industry, Headstart, Engineering Education Scheme and The Year in Industry
The EDT works in partnership with schools, colleges, universities and businesses to allow students from the age of eleven through to graduate level to interact with people in businesses that rely on STEM skills, providing them with the insights and role models that will allow them to make informed subject choices at Standard Grade, Higher and Degree level. Programmes can be as short as one day or as long as a year and currently engage over 30,000 students each year. EDT has a strong base of evidence showing the effectiveness of these programmes in influencing students towards STEM choices and, given the right support, aspires to engage twice this number of students in STEM activities to inform their career choices.