After almost 10 years of mentoring local schools through the Engineering Development Trusts, Go4Set programme, we are pleased to announce that Lanark Grammar were the proud winners of the Sustainability award at this years Lanarkshire region heats.
The Go4SET project is typically 10 weeks and offers young people in S2 the opportunity to develop skills, inform subject choice and change perceptions about STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) raising awareness of how studying these subjects can lead to a rewarding career. The project includes a launch event, a company visit, and culminates in a celebration at South Lanarkshire Headquarters. Over the course of the project, the students produce a written report, construct a model and deliver a presentation to industry assessors.
Levenseat have been Lanark Grammars Mentor company for the last three years and have helped them to learn about many aspects of the Circular Economy. This year the school chose to focus on food waste and designed a smart compost bin in the shape of a tree to encourage school children to recycle their food waste.
The compost produced will be used within the school in brightly coloured planters were they will grow vegetables, to be used in the home economics class. The team have future plans to grow veg for the community and incorporate lessons in school on recycling and the circular economy.
The judges were especially impressed with how well the team had taken the lessons learned at Levenseat and really incorporated them into their project. They commented that they could tell the team really enjoyed the trip to Levenseat and had learned some valuable lessons.
The judges went on to say they felt the team should continue with their plans and develop a prototype that could be sold to other schools. Out of all of the teams presenting they felt Lanark Grammar had come up with a concept that was achievable and had real business potential.
Levenseat are extremely proud of the team and their achievement and look forward to taking part again next year.