STEM stu­dents storm to vic­tory

Top prize for storm re­sis­tant school

Rutherglen Reformer - - School News - Edel Ke­nealy

Stu­dents from Trin­ity High School stormed to suc­cess in a science and tech­nol­ogy con­test af­ter de­sign­ing a storm re­sis­tant and sus­tain­able school.

The pupils – who based the model on their Ruther­glen build­ing – took first place in the South La­nark­shire Go4SET com­pe­ti­tion.

Link­ing S2 pupils with em­ploy­ers and uni­ver­si­ties, GO4SET of­fers a 10- week science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics (STEM) project.

As part of the ini­tia­tive young­sters were given four chal­lenges in which they were en­cour­aged to think about ap­ply­ing their knowl­edge of STEM to their ev­ery­day lives.

The stu­dents chose to work on build­ing a storm re­sis­tant and sus­tain­able school and used a 3D printer to cre­ate a model, which they pre­sented to judges along­side their re­port.

And the school’s Eilidh Cur­rie, Abby Gib­son, An­drew Muir, Ciara McKe­own, Fran­cis Hobbs and Mat­teo McCaughey were de­lighted when they won the best over­all prize at the South La­nark­shire re­gional fi­nals.

The pupils – who will rep­re­sent their school at the na­tional fi­nal in Ed­in­burgh on June 2 – were sup­ported through­out the project by their men­tors at Transerv Scot­land.

The stu­dents met staff there as part of the Go4SET ini­tia­tive which aims to in­tro­duce young peo­ple to ca­reers where STEM knowl­edge and skills are re­quired.

Trin­ity stu­dents had two Transerv Scot­land men­tors, based in Pol­madie, who came into the school once a week to help the team progress with their project.

The team also vis­ited Transerv Scot­land and were given a tour dur­ing the 10-week pro­gramme. The UK needs to in­crease the num­ber of pupils pur­su­ing ca­reers in STEM sub­jects to ful­fil job roles.

Re­search has shown that the ex­po­sure of younger age groups to STEM re­lated em­ploy­ers, en­cour­ages more stu­dents to choose post- 16 cour­ses in th­ese sub­ject ar­eas, even­tu­ally lead­ing to the study of STEM de­grees at univer­sity

Win­ners Eilidh Cur­rie, Abby Gib­son, An­drew Muir, Ciara McKe­own, Fran­cis Hobbs and Mat­teo McCaughey

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