Teams compete for title of National Go4SET Champions
The Go4SET Scottish National Final was held at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on June 2nd and hosted by Linda Fabiani MSP.
Teams gathered in the capital city to compete for the title of National Go4SET Champions. The following S2 pupils were all winners of their respective regional hubs from across the length and breadth of Scotland:
- St. Paul’s High School
- Grangemouth High School
- Trinity High School
- Preston Lodge High School
- St. Machar Academy
- Carnoustie High School
- Carrick Academy
- Elgin Academy
Prizes awarded on the day included the Pupils’ Choice Award, which went to St. Paul’s High School from Glasgow. The judges named Grangemouth High School from Fife as this year’s national winners for producing the most innovative project and professional report. Trinity High School also scooped a prize for the Selfie Challenge! Prizes were awarded by Linda Fabiani MSP and Steven Don of event sponsors Viridor.
Viridor is the main sponsor of Go4SET across Scotland and Martin Grey, Head of Public Affairs, commented: “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 energy management. Viridor are delighted to support the Go4SET programme 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. I look forward to seeing the results of the project findings when the pupils return to report their findings at the CAD events”.
Helen Anderson, Scotland Director for competition-organisers EDT, said "Go4SET encourages young pupils of today to be the engineers and scientists of tomorrow. It also helps them develop skills in team working, communication, report writing and problems solving – all essential skills in today’s world of work."
This year, pupils received a brilliant surprise as they all received Bronze Level Industrial Cadets Accreditation for their hard work. Going forward, all Scottish Go4SET teams will automatically quality for Industrial Cadet accreditation.
The organisations who supported this year’s teams were Moray College, Syngenta, Glasgow City Council with Viridor, Morrison Construction, Aecom, Scotland Transerv and EDF Energy.
"Ever since the project started I feel like I have gotten closer to my friends, learned more about them, and you know what I’ve actually gotten closer to the teachers and staff in the school. All in all I am really happy to participate and be a part of the team. I hope to do more science related things in the future." -Beth Watt, S2 Pupil
“This is the fourth year I have been involved with the project. The best compliment I can give is the noticeable development of the pupils. The difference in belief and confidence from first meeting them to the assessment day was a joy to behold.” - Colin Andrews, Mentor