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Young SET Ambassadors

Reduce our Carbon Footprint Programme 2010-11

The Young SET Ambassadors Reduce Our Carbon Footprint project encouraged young people to use their innovative and creative skills to make a proposal for reducing their carbon footprint at their school (or home, if home-educated). As well as reducing their carbon footprint, the project aimed at educating the pupils on how to protect the environment and decrease carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

 
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St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
  • St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
    Visit to the Biofuel Research Centre, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill, Edinburgh. St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh - Team One and Team Two. Pupils ready to begin their experiments dressed in their laboratory coats and wearing their safety glasses
  • St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
    Visit to the Biofuel Research Centre, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill, Edinburgh. St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh - Team One and Team Two. Pupils receiving a project and model briefing and further information about the programme
  • St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
    Visit to the Biofuel Research Centre, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill, Edinburgh.  St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh - Team One and Team Two. Pupils experimented with the equipment under supervision and they were very hands-on with experiments in the Biofuel Research laboratory
  • St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
    Visit to the Biofuel Research Centre, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill, Edinburgh.  St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh - Team One and Team Two. Pupils working on experiments in the anaerobic cabinet
  • St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
    Visit to the Biofuel Research Centre, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill, Edinburgh.  St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh - Team One and Team Two. Pupils working on experiments in the anaerobic cabinet
  • St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
    Visit to the Biofuel Research Centre, Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill, Edinburgh.  St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh - Team One and Team Two. Pupils working on experiments in the anaerobic cabinet
  • Teachers of the Young SET Ambassadors 2010-11 teams with Professor Aileen Lothian
    Teachers of the Young SET Ambassadors 2010-11 teams with Professor Aileen Lothian
  • Preston Lodge High School
    Visit to Aikengall Windfarm, near Dunbar in East Lothian by Preston Lodge High School, Prestonpans, East Lothian. Inside a wind turbine
  • Preston Lodge High School
    Visit to Aikengall Windfarm, near Dunbar in East Lothian by Preston Lodge High School, Prestonpans, East Lothian. Outside in front of the wind turbine
  • Preston Lodge High School team
    Young SET Ambassadors from Preston Lodge High School, Prestonpans, East Lothian
  • Preston Lodge High School team
    Young SET Ambassadors in the garden at Preston Lodge High School, Prestonpans, East Lothian
  • Young SET Ambassadors at St David's Roman Catholic High School, Dalkeith
    Young SET Ambassadors team at St David's Roman Catholic High School, Dalkeith
  • St David's Roman Catholic High School
    Visit to Aikengall Windfarm, near Dunbar in East Lothian - St David's Roman Catholic High School, Dalkeith
  • St David's Roman Catholic High School
    Visit to Aikengall Windfarm, near Dunbar in East Lothian - St David's Roman Catholic High School, Dalkeith
  • St David's Roman Catholic High School
    Visit to Royal Bank of Scotland, Head Office, Gogarburn, Edinburgh - St David's Roman Catholic High School, Dalkeith.
    Tour inside of the building
  • St David's Roman Catholic High School
    Visit to Royal Bank of Scotland, Head Office, Gogarburn, Edinburgh - St David's Roman Catholic High School, Dalkeith.
    Outside tour of the grounds of the bank
  • Young SET Ambassadors Awards Ceremony 2011
    Miss Kezia Dugdale (MSP) for the Lothians presented the Young SET Ambassadors Awards to all the children and adults
  • Young SET Ambassadors Awards Ceremony 2011
    Winners: St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School (Team Two), Edinburgh
  • Young SET Ambassadors Awards Ceremony 2011
    Runners up: St David's Roman Catholic High School, Dalkeith, Midlothian
  • Young SET Ambassadors Awards Ceremony 2011
    St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School Team One, Edinburgh
  • Young SET Ambassadors Awards Ceremony 2011
    Preston Lodge High School, Prestonpans, East Lothian
  • Young SET Ambassadors Awards Ceremony 2011
    Group Photograph
  • Teams from the winning school, St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
    Teams from the winning school, St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
  • Teams from the winning school, St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
    Teams from the winning school, St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
  • Teams from the winning school, St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
    Teams from the winning school, St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh

St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
 
 

Process

You may already be reducing your carbon footprint, but if you’re not already reducing your carbon footprint, discover more about how you can really make a difference. For those who already reducing their carbon footprint, discover the positive effect your reducing your carbon footprint efforts are making and find out what else you may be able to do.

You will need to find answers to some important questions:

  • What is a Carbon Footprint?
  • Can a Carbon Footprint be measured?
  • What do we mean by Primary Carbon Footprint’?
  • What do we mean by Secondary Carbon Footprint?
  • What is Green Energy?
  • Where does Renewable Energy come from? (Wind power, Solar Power, Wave, tidal power, hydroelectric power)
  • What is biofuel?

You will almost certainly think of lots more questions and the answers will help you to create a detailed list of features you will plan to include in your project proposal.

As the Young SET Ambassadors programmes continue to grow we are delighted with the prospect of holding more celebration events for pupils, students, academic staff, teachers and their scientific, engineering and technology mentors than ever before.

We expect pupils to complete projects relating to the Young SET Ambassadors programmes and for them to produce a real live working model. We are playing a key role in helping to put the pupils’ work into an industrial context. We are also finding ways to recognise the crucial role played by teachers, mentors and parents in encouraging the enthusiasm of the pupils, who will hopefully go on to make SET choices in their future careers.

Young SET Ambassadors is designed to raise awareness amongst young people of the possibilities and options offered by SET at university and in the work place, and inspire them towards the necessary subject choices.

Apart from inspiring the future young scientists, engineers and technologists, Young SET Ambassadors offer benefits to your school, university, company and mentors and you can make a real difference by participating in the programme.


Awards

The Young SET Ambassadors Awards Day was held on Friday 20th May 2011 at the Informatics Building, University of Edinburgh.

First Prize: St Augustine’s RC High School (Team Two) – Edinburgh (University Link Edinburgh Napier University)

2011 Young Set Ambassadors winners, St Augustine's RC High School

Pupils were awarded certificates, medals and the Young SET Ambassadors Trophy, along with £1,000 prize money.

Runner-up: St David’s RC High School, Dalkeith, Midlothian - (Company link Community Windpower Ltd and the Royal Bank of Scotland). Pupils were awarded certificates and medals.

2011 Young SET Ambassadors runners up - St David’s RC High School, Dalkeith, Midlothian

Prizes were presented by Miss Kezia Dugdale (MSP) for the Lothians.
The certificates were presented by Mrs Diane Wood, Director of Community Windpower Ltd

Judges were:
Professor Charles Fairfield – Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Andrew Firth – University of Edinburgh
Mrs Anne Gray – Science Sleuth

Awards Ceremony Presentations:
Mr Geoff Leask, Head of Operations, Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT).
Mr Robert Fryer, Director of Community Windpower Ltd.

The school teams design, develop, and produce, a reduce our carbon footprint project, along with a live working model, designed and built within the schools.


Professor Brian Cox and Professor Aileen Lothian at the UK Science and Engineering Finals in London.  Both senior science judges at the Big Bang

Professor Brian Cox and Professor Aileen Lothian at the UK Science and Engineering Finals in London. Both senior science judges at the Big Bang

The Young SET Ambassadors Reduce Our Carbon Footprint Programme Awards Ceremony was dedicated and held in Loving Memory of Mr Gerard O’ Hare from Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland

The Young SET Ambassadors Reduce Our Carbon Footprint Programme Awards Ceremony was dedicated and held in Loving Memory of Mr Gerard O’ Hare from Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland

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