Award for Girvan energy team

The Girvan Academy NRG team receive their award.
The Girvan Academy NRG team receive their award.

Girvan Academy’s NRG team won the Overall Project Award for their outstanding research on how the school could reduce its energy usage and save money.

School teams from across the West of Scotland attended the University of the West of Scotland’s Paisley Campus recently to compete in the West of Scotland Go4SET Celebration and Assessment Day (CAD) awards.

The Girvan team were presented with a trophy and a cheque for £250 by Martin Grey Scottish Communications Manager at Viridor who sponsored the CAD event.

The team will now go forward to compete in the Go4SET Scottish Final which will be held in Glasgow City Chambers in May.

At the event the students demonstrated their individual projects and models to a group of assessors and discussed their projects with guests attending the event.

Girvan Academy were supported by William Grant and Sons and their mentor Roddy MacKay said. “It was a great pleasure to work with the NRG team from Girvan Academy on their Go4Set project. The team worked tirelessly throughout the project and I was very impressed with their knowledge and how they performed as a team. We would like to congratulate the team on their success and wish them all the best going forward to the Scottish Final in May.”

Adam Ingram MSP Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley said: “I am delighted that Girvan Academy pupils have picked up this prestigious award yet again.  It proves that there should be no limits to our young people’s aspirations and that they are as well equipped in talent and ability as any of their peers.  I hope and trust this success will reinforce their confidence and that they are going to make a mark in life.”

The Go4SET Energy in your School project began at the launch event in November 2012 and the teams of six 12 to 14 year olds (S2) continued to work with their teacher and mentors from industry on the challenging 10-week project. They were tasked to work as a team and look at ways of saving energy around their school and provide a written report on their findings, produce a model and display these at the celebration event.

Duncan McSporran, EDT Director for Scotland said: “This dynamic and innovative curriculum based programme has proved to significantly change the perception of young people on careers and opportunities within science and engineering industries.”