Teams from Rastrick High School walked away from the Go4SET competition with two awards.
The school in Field Top Road attended the competition at the O2 Arlington Business Centre in Leeds where they had to design their projects based on the theme of ‘the business of recycling’.
Developed by the Engineering Development Trust the Go4SET initiative is designed to stimulate the interest of young people in STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics by taking part in an environmentally themed ten week project.
It also provides students in Years eight and nine with the opportunity of working with and being mentored by real scientists, engineers and technologists chosen from the complete spectrum of STEM disciplines.
The two teams, a boys and a girls, could choose what to focus their projects on.
The boys’ team chose heat and looked at how to recycle heat from computers to heat up water and also how to use bacteria to break down canteen waste to make heat.
The girls’ team designed an eco house which looked at recycling and all different types of energy.
Their work was assessed for the CREST awards, an international recognised award for achievement in STEM projects, and they were awarded a silver crest, an award normally given to key stage four students.
The students then had to talk about the work that had gone into them, explain the theory behind them and be thoroughly quizzed on every aspect to check their understanding by a board of assessors.
There were three awards for the projects and Rastrick came away with two of them.
The boys’ team won the Pupils Choice Award, and the top prize for Best Overall Project went to the girls’ team who also received ten free tickets to go to any theme park of their choice.
This was topped up with 12 tickets to allow the boys’ team to go with them.