Broch Academy pupils go green and win award

Fraserburgh Academy's Go4SET team with teacher Gillian Mathewson (left) and project mentor Luke Whittaker.
Fraserburgh Academy's Go4SET team with teacher Gillian Mathewson (left) and project mentor Luke Whittaker.

Six pupils from Fraserburgh Academy have been presented with the Pupil’s Choice Award at a special event in Aberdeen.

The pupils received the award in recognition of their efforts in the GO4SET Challenge, an initiative which promotes interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects.

As well as an award, the pupils received a certificate and a £50 cheque at the Go4SET Aberdeen Celebration and Assessment Day, which was held at the University of Aberdeen recently.

Throughout the ten-week project, the S2 pupils were mentored by Luke Whittaker, a graduate environmentalist with sponsor TOTAL E&P UK (TEP UK), which is also the school’s business partner.

Luke and the pupils worked together for ten weeks designing an ECO Hotel, as part of the Go4Set challenge.

Understanding how electricity is used at home, learning about carbon footprint reduction and investigating efficiency ratings formed part of the project brief.

The pupils had to provide recommendations for a new build ECO Hotel that uses renewable energy methods.

Commenting, Luke from TEP UK said: “I’d like to congratulate all the participants in the Go4Set projects and everyone that contributed in particular Gillian Mathewson, class teacher and the S2 pupils at Fraserburgh Academy for all their hard work.”

Six schools representing Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire took part in the challenge with the award for Best Overall project presented to Northfield Academy for their Lego hotel model.

Supported by EDT (Engineering Development Trust) Go4SET links teams with companies and universities to raise pupils’ awareness of STEM subjects and highlight the exciting future career opportunities available to them within science, technology, engineering and maths.

For further information, visit www.etrust.org.uk/go4set