Go4SET Winners

Arwen Kotze, Olivia Rosemurgey and Angel Welsh from Year 8 and Hayden Taylor from Year 9 have taken part in this year’s Go4SET project. Go4SET is an environmentally themed 10 week STEM project for 12-14 year olds. It is designed to inspire students towards STEM related careers by linking education and industry in real life situations using hands on learning and skills development. The students benefit from project management experience as well as personal development skills to enhance their team working, creative and innovative skills.

The students chose to find ways in which we could save energy around our academy. This turned out to be quite challenging; as the academy campus is a new building, it is already very energy efficient – we have a rainwater toilet system, automatic light and computer switch off capabilities and of course the building is well insulated. It was also interesting to find out that none of our waste goes to landfill, it is all recycled. After being provided with the Academy’s energy report, we found out that the building uses more electricity on days when it is hotter. It is likely that this is partially down to closing blinds so we can all read the whiteboards; then we turn the lights on! Our solution was to use dynamic smart glass – this is glass which becomes darker on sunnier days – this would prevent glare on the screens from the sun and we could all work in natural light.

The project entailed a written report, bound and professionally written; a 5 minute presentation to a panel of assessors and an exhibition stand to demonstrate the project visually. The team performed fantastically in all aspects of the project and they excelled on their exhibition stand by confidently talking judges and the public through their ideas. All schools who were present at the celebration and assessment day were given the opportunity to vote for the best project in a pupil’s choice award and we won!

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