All set for cre­ativ­ity

Pupils tackle con­test

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

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

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