Lathallan win design award

THE Lathallan School team receive a trophy and cheque after being judged as Best Overall Project.
THE Lathallan School team receive a trophy and cheque after being judged as Best Overall Project.

Lathallan School have won the Go4SET Trophy and the Best Overall Project Award for their outstanding project on Eco Classroom Design at the Go4SET Aberdeen Celebration and Assessment Day (CAD), which took place at The Robert Gordon University.

The team were presented with the trophy and a cheque for £250 by Ron Mitchell from BP who sponsored the event and awards. Lathallan School will now go on to compete in the Go4SET Scottish Final on May 10 at Glasgow City Chambers.

BP were also the mentoring company for three Go4SET teams at Lathallan School, one team at Aboyne Academy and one at Mearns Academy during the project. Maggie Eggeling, BP Education Co-ordinator said: “The standard of work from all teams was excellent and participating in the project allowed team members to learn more about the key features of environmental design as well as developing time management skills. BP is keen to support the development of future engineers and scientists who are key to meeting the world’s demand for energy.”

The Go4SET Eco Classroom design project was announced at the launch event in November 2010. The teams of six 12 to 14 year olds (S2) worked with their teacher and mentors from industry on the challenging 10-week project. They were tasked to find out how energy is used in their schools, research the latest, innovative methods of energy construction, select one or more alternative energy sources, provide recommendations for a new build eco-classroom in their school and provide a written report.

At the CAD event the pupils demonstrated their individual projects and models to a group of assessors and discussed their projects with guests attending the event. The other award winners at the event were Mearns Academy, supported by BP, who won the Innovation Award with a cheque for £250, Aboyne Academy, supported by BP, who won the Best Team Work Award with a cheque for £250 and Hazlehead Academy, supported by AMEC Natural Resources who won the Students Choice Award with a cheque for £250.

Grant Maxwell, Associate Head of School of Engineering opened the event and commented: “The Robert Gordon University were very pleased to host the Aberdeen Go4SET Celebration and Assessment Day. I was very impressed with the organisation of the event, the enthusiasm of the pupils and the work which had been undertaken by the schools involved. It is a great credit to the pupils – and to their teachers and industrial mentors.”