Energy saving award scheme held at Heriot-Watt

The winning team from Currie High School

School teams from Edinburgh and the Lothians attended Heriot-Watt University on Thursday 28 February to compete in the Go4SET Celebration and Assessment Day (CAD) awards. At the event, the judges selected Currie Community High School as the winner of the Best Overall Project Award for their outstanding research on how the school could reduce their energy usage and save money.

They were presented with a trophy and a cheque for £250 by Martin Grey, Scottish Communications Manager at Viridor who sponsored the CAD event. The team will now go forward to compete in the Go4SET Scottish Final which will be held in Glasgow City Chambers in May.

Martin Grey, Scottish Communications Manager 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.

Go4SET Energy in your School

The Go4SET Energy in your School project began at the launch event in November 2012 and the teams of six 12 to 14 year olds (S2) continued to work with their teacher and mentors from industry on the challenging 10-week project. They were tasked to work as a team and look at ways of saving energy around their school and provide a written report on their findings, produce a model and display these at the celebration event.

The ethos of Go4SET, linking secondary school pupils with companies and universities to tackle science and engineering challenges, reflects that of Heriot-Watt, and it was great to see so many great ideas and innovations in action.

Professor Steve Chapman, Principal, Heriot-Watt University

At the event the students demonstrated their individual projects and models to a group of assessors and discussed their projects with guests attending the event. Currie High School Team 1 were supported by Heineken and their mentor Angus Reid commented. "The team showed tremendous organisation and creativity in successful completion of the project. Heineken is proud to support the Go4SET programme".

The other award winners at the event were Balerno High School supported by BP who won the Best Team Work Award and a cheque for £150 and Boroughmuir High School supported by Wood Mackenzie who won the Students Choice Award and a cheque for £100.

Hosted by Heriot-Watt

Heriot-Watt hosted the event and Principal Steve Chapman said, "The ethos of Go4SET, linking secondary school pupils with companies and universities to tackle science and engineering challenges, reflects that of Heriot-Watt, and it was great to see so many great ideas and innovations in action.

"I hope that many of the young people involved go on to develop their ideas and enthusiasm through careers in similar areas, with real long-term benefits for them and for the economy and environment."

Duncan McSporran, EDT Director for Scotland commented "This dynamic and innovative curriculum based programme has proved to significantly change the perception of young people on careers and opportunities within science and engineering industries."