All set for creativity
Pupils tackle contest
Pupils from Cathkin and Trinity High are currently getting stuck into a competition that could inspire them to be scientists and engineers in the future.
S2 pupils at both schools were on hand for the launch of Go4SET, which will see them compete in teams of six by working on a science, technology, engineering and maths project during which they will be mentored by experts from local companies.
The team producing the most innovative project and professional report will win the competition.
The launch event was held at the University of the West of Scotland in Hamilton and pupils got into the mood for innovation by taking part in two team building activities - the Roller Coaster Challenge and Build a Balloon Chair.
Linda Patterson, a teacher at Cathkin High School said :“It’s important for the pupils to see why they are learning the things they are and to see it in real life to give them the drive to head for a career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or maths) company.”
Meg Wright, Scotland Director for EDT, the organisers of the competition said: “Go4SET encourages young pupils of today to be the engineers and scientists of tomorrow. It also helps them develop skills in team working, communication, report writing and problems solving – all essential skills in today’s world of work”.
The projects will be assessed at a celebration event in March where the teams are required to display and present their solutions to guests and will be interviewed by a panel of experienced assessors drawn from a variety of areas in the field of STEM.
The winning team will be invited to the national final in June.
The companies supporting the schools are Scotland Trenserv, Sew Good and South Lanarkshire Council.
It helps them develop skills in team working