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Lathallan School pupils eco classroom design wins Go4Set trophy


Lathallan School have won the Go4SET Trophy and the Best Overall Project Award for their outstanding project on Eco Classroom Design at the Go4SET Aberdeen Celebration and Assessment Day (CAD), which took place on Tuesday 8 March at Robert Gordon University.  

Go4Set LathallanThe team were presented with the trophy and a cheque for £250 by Ron Mitchell from BP who sponsored the event and awards.  Lathallan School will be now go onto compete in the Go4SET Scottish Final on the 10th May at Glasgow City Chambers.

BP were also the mentoring company for 3 Go4SET teams at Lathallan School, 1 team at Aboyne Academy and 1 at Mearns Academy during the project.  

Maggie Eggeling, BP Education Co-ordinator said  “The standard of work from all teams was excellent and participating in the project allowed team members to learn more about the key features of environmental design as well as developing time management skills.  BP is keen to support the development of future engineers and scientists who are key to meeting the world’s demand for energy”

The Go4SET Eco Classroom design project was announced at the launch event in November 2010.  The teams of six 12 to 14 year olds (S2) worked with their teacher and mentors from industry on the challenging 10-week project.  They were tasked to find out how energy is used in their schools, research the latest, innovative methods of energy construction, select one or more alternative energy sources, provide recommendations for a new build eco-classroom in their school and provide a written report

At the CAD event the pupils demonstrated their individual projects and models to a group of assessors and discussed their projects with guests attending the event.  The other award winners at the event were Mearns Academy, supported by BP, who won the Innovation Award with a cheque for £250, Aboyne Academy, supported by BP, who won the Best Team Work Award with a cheque for £250 and Hazlehead Academy, supported by AMEC Natural Resources who won the Students Choice Award with a cheque for £250.

Grant Maxwell, Associate Head of School of Engineering opened the event commented “The Robert Gordon University were very pleased to host the Aberdeen Go4SET Celebration and Assessment Day. I was very impressed with the organisation of the event, the enthusiasm of the pupils and the work which had been undertaken by the schools involved. It is a great credit to the pupils – and to their teachers and industrial mentors. Events like this make an important contribution to the development of the next generation of engineers.”
 
Suzanne Stewart, Executive Account Manager at Baker Hughes was guest speaker and one of the assessors on the day and said “I was extremely impressed with the exceptionally high standard of projects submitted by all of the participating schools. They had obviously dedicated a significant amount of time and effort to produce reports and presentations of such a high calibre. It was particularly exciting to hear from the groups how the Go4Set Eco Classroom challenge had made some of them consider a future in engineering whereas before the project, it was a direction they hadn't contemplated. I look forward to seeing how these young individuals develop in their education and hope to see them as professional engineers in the years to come.”

Go4Set Mearns
Go4Set Hazlehead
Go4Set Aboyne
Mearns Academy won
the Innovation Award
Hazlehead Academy won
the Students Choice Award
Aboyne Academy won
the Best Teamwork Award

 

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For more information on Go4SET please contact Scotland@go4set.org.uk or telephone 0141 548 4152.  For EDT programmes contact c.jardine-smith@yini.org.uk

Notes for Editors

Go4SET
Go4SET is an environmentally themed 10 week science, engineering and technology (SET) project for S2 & Year8/9 pupils.  The project phase begins with the launch event where teams are introduced to the Go4SET project and their company mentor. Following this the teams work on the project for 10 weeks with support from their teacher and mentor.  The project phase includes a company visit and a Celebration and Assessment Day where prizes are awarded in different categories.

Go4SET CAD ABERDEEN - EDT (Scotland) held the Aberdeen CAD event to showcase the pupils’ projects.  Additional guests at the event included representatives from Companies and Universities.  The following schools, companies and universities were involved in the project and displayed their projects at the event:

SCHOOL                                       COMPANY
Aboyne Academy                  BP
Banff Academy                     Ace Winches
Cults Academy                     PSN
Hazlehead Academy             Amec
Lathallan School Team 1       BP
Lathallan School Team 2       BP
Lathallan School Team 3       BP
Mearns Academy                  BP
Northfield Academy               Keenan Recycling
Torry Academy Team 1         ConocoPhillips
Torry Academy Team 2         Total
Torry Academy Team 3         ConocoPhillips
Torry Academy Team 4         Total

Go4SET Sponsors 2010/11
BP are lead sponsors of Go4SET in the UK and Selex Galileo are key sponsors, other sponsors and supporters of Go4SET include GKN, IET, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC), The Robertson Trust, The McRobert Trust, The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), The British Science Association (BSA) and The Scottish Government

About EDT
EDT (Engineering Development Trust) is an educational charity that helps talented young people achieve their full potential, particularly in engineering, science and technology careers.   The Trust provides opportunities for 12-21 year old students to improve their technical and employment skills through industry-led projects, industrial placements and specialised courses: The EDT portfolio includes Industrial Trust Programmes, First Edition, Go4SET, Engineering Education Scheme (England & Scotland), Headstart and The Year in Industry.


EDT is a registered education charity in England and Wales (1002459) and in Scotland (SC039635).  EDT in Scotland is supported by BP.