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Young SET Ambassadors

Energy Programme 2008-09

In 2008-09, the Young SET Ambassadors programme engaged with a variety of school teams, from various regions throughout Scotland, in an exciting Energy Project.  The Energy Project encouraged pupils to use their innovative and creative skills to make a proposal for a major energy saving for their school.  As well as saving energy, the project aimed at educating the pupils on how to protect the environment and decrease carbon emissions into the atmosphere.

 
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Cockenzie Power Station company visit, Cockenzie, East Lothian
  • Cockenzie Power Station company visit, Cockenzie, East Lothian
    Cockenzie Power Station company visit, Cockenzie, East Lothian
  • Broxburn Academy Company visit to Cockenzie Power Station, Cockenzie, East Lothian
    Broxburn Academy Company visit to Cockenzie Power Station, Cockenzie, East Lothian
  • Tynecastle High School Company visit to Cockenzie Power Station, Cockenzie, East Lothian
    Tynecastle High School Company visit to Cockenzie Power Station, Cockenzie, East Lothian
  • Cockenzie Power Station at night, Cockenzie, East Lothian
    Cockenzie Power Station at night, Cockenzie, East Lothian
  • Jim Hutcheson viewing an energy project and working model, at the Young SET Ambassadors Awards Ceremony
    Jim Hutcheson viewing an energy project and working model, at the Young SET Ambassadors Awards Ceremony
  • Brian Bailley viewing an energy project and working model, at the Young SET Ambassadors Awards Ceremony
    Brian Bailley from the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust viewing an energy project and working model at the Young SET Ambassadors Awards Ceremony
  • Ben Dipper viewing an energy project and working model, at the Young SET Ambassador Awards Ceremony
    Ben Dipper viewing an energy project and working model, at the Young SET Ambassador Awards Ceremony
  • Professor Aileen Lothian, Director of the Young SET Ambassadors and Mr Iain Gray (MSP) Leader of the Scottish Labour Party
    Professor Aileen Lothian, Director of the Young SET Ambassadors and Mr Iain Gray (MSP) Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, presenting to schools in the East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian and Edinburgh areas.
  • Iain Gray (MSP), Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, giving a presentation to the Young SET Ambassadors
    Iain Gray (MSP), Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, giving a presentation to the Young SET Ambassadors
  • Iain Gray (MSP), Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, with pupils from Lasswade High School, Midlothian
    Iain Gray (MSP), Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, discussing the energy project and working model with pupils from Lasswade High School, Midlothian
  • Brian Bailley from the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust giving a presentation to the Young SET Ambassadors
    Brian Bailley from the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust giving a presentation to the Young SET Ambassadors
  • Hamish Robertson, Director of Robertson Technologies giving a presentation to the Young SET Ambassadors
    Hamish Robertson, Director of Robertson Technologies, giving a presentation to the Young SET Ambassadors
  • Navraj Makena from Macfarlan Smith Limited looking at the pupils energy project
    Navraj Makena from Macfarlan Smith Limited looking at the pupils energy project
  • Young SET Ambassadors Judges
    Young SET Ambassadors Judges
  • Part of an energy project display from the Young SET Ambassadors programme
    Part of an energy project display from the Young SET Ambassadors programme
  • Pupils demonstrate their real live working model for the Young SET Ambassadors energy programme
    Pupils demonstrate their real live working model for the Young SET Ambassadors energy programme
  • A pupil presenting a power point presentation describing the Young SET Ambassadors energy project
    A pupil from Tynecastle High School presenting a power point presentation describing the Young SET Ambassadors energy project
  • Pupils from Tynecastle High School presenting their energy project and working live model
    Pupils from Tynecastle High School presenting their energy project and working live model
  • The team from Broxburn Academy, West Lothian
    The team from Broxburn Academy, West Lothian, with Dr Aileen Lothian and Iain Gray (MSP)
  • Pupils from Gracemount High School, Edinburgh
    Pupils from Gracemount High School, Edinburgh
  • Runners-up Lasswade High School (Team One), Midlothian
    Runners-up Lasswade High School (Team One), Midlothian
  • Lasswade High School (Team Two), Midlothian
    Lasswade High School (Team Two), Midlothian
  • St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
    St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Edinburgh
  • Tynecastle High School, Edinburgh
    Tynecastle High School, Edinburgh
  • The winning school for the Energy Project - Knox Academy, East Lothian
    The winning school for the Energy Project - Knox Academy, East Lothian. They won £1,000 prize money, along with  the winning shield, medals and certificates.

Cockenzie Power Station company visit, Cockenzie, East Lothian
 
 

Process

There are many sources of energy. We looked at the energy that makes our world work. Energy is an important part of our daily lives.

The forms of energy we looked at included:

  • Electricity
  • Biomass Energy - energy from plants
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Fossil Fuels - Coal, Oil and Natural Gas
  • Hydro Power and Ocean Energy
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Transportation Energy

We also looked at turbines and generators, at what electricity is, how energy is sent to users, and how we can decrease or conserve the energy we use. Finally, we looked at the "newer" forms of energy...and energy in the future.

Pupils completed projects relating to energy conservation, all supported by industry mentors. 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 in encouraging the enthusiasm of the pupils, who will hopefully go on to make SET choices in their future careers.

Awards

The Awards Day for the Young SET Ambassadors Energy Programme was held on Friday 8th May 2009 at the University of Edinburgh.  The awards were presented by Mr Iain Gray, MSP and one of the VIP judges was Professor Charlie Fairfield from Edinburgh Napier University.  The winning school, Knox Academy is pictured below.

Knox Academy, Winners of 2009's Young SET Ambassadors programme

Taking part in the Young SET Ambassadors programme are many school teams of 6 pupils, aged between 12 and 14 years, across a variety of locations in Scotland.  Enrolled Ambassadors from science, engineering and technology companies are linked with schools providing mentoring guidance to the individual teams through the project.

All pupils involved with the Young SET Ambassadors programme attended a launch event which was held at the university.  The school teams then started to develop and manage the Energy Project with the help of their teacher and industrial mentor.

All pupils attended a visit to the company they were linked up with, along with their teacher, and the pupils also enjoyed an exciting tour of the company

Lasswade High School (Team One), Midlothian

Runners-up Lasswade High School (Team One), Midlothian

School projects were assessed and displayed at the Young SET Ambassadors Celebration and Awards event held at the university.  Schools had an excellent opportunity to compete for prizes.  The projects were assessed by a panel of expert judges from a variety of science, engineering or technology backgrounds who decided which prizes were to be presented to the award winning schools.

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