Abertay University hosted the final of the Engineering Development Trust’s Tayside Go4SET programme, which saw a teams from Webster’s High School, Monifieth High School and Montrose Academy walk away with prizes.
Professor David Blackwood with the Go4SET winning team from Webster's High School
The 10-week competition, part of an initiative to encourage school pupils to pursue further education, apprenticeships or careers in science, engineering and technology, had schools from across Tayside and Angus working in teams of six on STEM-themed projects based around real-world problems, ranging from environmental issues to finance and technology, supported by mentors from GSK, Tayside Contracts, BEAR Scotland.
In the tense final, each team had to present their projects to a panel of judges from organisations such as NCR, Raytheon, Morrison Construction, Ellis Partnership, Keir Construction and Abertay, who then assessed the ideas.
After tough deliberation, the assessors bestowed the Best Teamwork prize to the team from Monifieth High School for their ‘Water and our School’ project and crowned Webster’s High School’s project, ‘Transforming the World’s Resources’, the overall competition winners.
The Webster’s team will now go on to the national final, where they’ll compete against the other Scottish regional winners in Glasgow on 6th June.
Participating pupils were also asked to judge their favourite project with the team from Montrose Academy securing the ‘Pupil’s Choice’ award.
Professor Carl Schaschke, Head of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology, introduced the day’s prizegiving by saying: ““We are delighted to be supporting Go4SET - a fantastic project giving pupils a real taste of career opportunities in STEM."
"The types of projects undertaken by the teams are very much a taster of what we offer our students and hopefully some of those taking part will look to go further into studying and working in STEM.”
Other schools competing in the competition included Morgan Academy, Perth High, Montrose Academy, Monifieth High, Websters High, Baldragon Academy, and Mearns Academy.