Students compete to develop innovative solutions to climate change



The first national UEC-HWUM Innovation SDGs Challenge took place on Tuesday 2 April.

The Challenge tasked Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) students to come up with an innovative solution in addressing one of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

The United Nations has set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which seek to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

This challenge provided students with the opportunity to develop a green vehicle in response to Sustainable Development Goal 13, Climate Action.

With limited budget and resources, participants worked to develop green vehicles which were both economical and innovative in design.

There were a total of 32 teams which participated in the Challenge, made up of 127 students from eight different schools.  

The students were given two hours to complete a vehicle prototype which then participated in a 10-metre race.  Students also pitched their prototype to the judges, outlining how it addressed Sustainable Development Goal 13's objectives.

This Challenge comes as Heriot-Watt celebrates its Year of Health, a calendar of engagement that spans schools, communities, businesses and government.