STEM students storm to victory
Top prize for storm resistant school
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