Com­pe­ti­tion de­signed to help pupils de­cide

S2 stu­dents ‘go for it’

Hamilton Advertiser - - ON THE BEAT - Leona Greenan

Pupils from schools across South La­nark­shire cel­e­brated their com­ple­tion of a com­pe­ti­tion de­signed to launch them into stel­lar ca­reers in science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing or maths (STEM).

The GO4SET Cel­e­bra­tion and As­sess­ment Day was held at the coun­cil’s head­quar­ters in Hamil­ton and young­sters got the chance to show­case their hard work to a panel of ex­pert judges – plus guests from in­dus­try, gov­ern­ment and their fam­i­lies.

Chil­dren from Hamil­ton’s St John Ogilvie High, Hamil­ton Gram­mar and Holy Cross were there with Larkhall Academy as well as St An­drew’s and St Bride’s High, Trin­ity High, Stonelaw High, Calder­glen High, Dun­can­rig Sec­ondary, Big­gar High and La­nark Gram­mar.

Prizes awarded on the day in­cluded the Pupils’ Choice Award which went to St John Ogilvie High School, who also scooped the Out­stand­ing In­no­va­tion Award.

“We thought GO4SET was a re­ally good, fun and chal­leng­ing project,” said a Holy Cross High spokesper­son.

“We all en­joyed working to­gether as a team. We also learned and im­proved a lot of skills.”

The GO4SET com­pe­ti­tion en­cour­ages S2 pupils to ‘go for it!’ and pur­sue fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion, ap­pren­tice­ships or ca­reers in science, en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy – get­ting them out of the class­room and giv­ing them first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of the work­place.

For ten weeks, chil­dren aged 12 to 14 worked in teams of six with an in­dus­try men­tor on Stem-themed projects based around real-world prob­lems that needed solv­ing, from en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues to fi­nance and tech­nol­ogy.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing this year’s teams were Viri­dor, EDF En­ergy, Devro, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, Lib­erty Steel, Rolls Royce, Por­tak­abin, Levenseat and Mott Macken­zie.

He­len An­der­son, Scot­land di­rec­tor for com­pe­ti­tion-or­gan­is­ers EDT, said: “GO4SET en­cour­ages young peo­ple of to­day to be the en­gi­neers and sci­en­tists of to­mor­row.

“It also helps them de­velop skills in team working, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, report writ­ing and prob­lem solv­ing – all es­sen­tial skills in to­day’s world of work.”

Well done Hamil­ton Gram­mar par­tic­i­pated in the STEM Go4set com­pe­ti­tion

Top of the class St John Ogilvie High scooped the Pupils’choice award

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