En­er­gis­ing lessons for pupils

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Chil­dren from Cathkin High School spent a day in the life of sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers, at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Ru­ral Life, as part of the Get En­er­gised pro­gramme.

Funded by the Scot­tishPower Foun­da­tion, the ini­tia­tive aims to give sec­ondary school stu­dents a hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence of the real life worlds of science and en­gi­neer­ing. The in­ter­ac­tive work­shops fea­ture a se­ries of prob­lem solv­ing chal­lenges, such as build­ing wave tech­nol­ogy mod­els and work­ing wa­ter tur­bine and gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity.

Now in its sec­ond year, Get En­er­gised has been opened up to S1 and S2 pupils of the Cam­bus­lang school, to en­cour­age them to pur­sue STEM (Science, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing and Maths) re­lated sub­jects at Na­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion level; by en­cour­ag­ing them to en­gage with the chal­lenges sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers in Scot­land face ev­ery day, look­ing at ar­eas such as land­scape, re­new­able en­ergy and weather.

Last year, the project was tar­geted at older sec­ondary school pupils but was ex­panded this year in re­sponse to de­mand from teach­ers.

Ann Loughrey, trustee and ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Scot­tishPower Foun­da­tion, said:“Here in Scot­land there is cur­rently a short­age of pupils tak­ing STEM sub­jects, yet we have a fan­tas­tic rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing great sci­en­tists, in­ven­tors and en­gi­neers. Our goal is to help con­tinue this le­gacy, by inspiring pupils in Glas­gow and across Scot­land, to con­tinue their stud­ies of science through­out sec­ondary school and po­ten­tially into a ca­reer.”

Stephen Allen, head of learn­ing and pro­grammes at Na­tional Mu­se­ums Scot­land, said:“We de­vel­oped Get En­er­gised to help pupils ex­plore the im­pact science and tech­nol­ogy has on our lives and our en­vi­ron­ment.

“To­day’s work­shop was a real suc­cess and I have now doubt we have def­i­nitely seen some fu­ture sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers in the mak­ing!”

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