Written By Blake and Brandon Year 9

On the 23rd of May a group of students (Brandon, Blake, Connor, Anfisa, Maria and Ella) attended the judging and awards ceremony for Go4SET. This is a STEM challenge organised by EDT to encourage young people into STEM careers. We were competing against students from all over the South West.

Our challenge was to design an eco hotel and research how we could ensure it was able to run with renewable energy.

We started the project late as we were invited after some schools had dropped out. We met every week with our mentors from Babcock Marine. Our mentors were Jack and Charlie who are on the graduate programme. They came to our school every week and worked with us. We also worked in our own time to research, build the model and also design our display boards.

We also had the opportunity to visit Babcock and look around HMS Courageous the nuclear submarine. We visited the incinerator as well. These trips were organised by our STEM mentors. This was as part of our research. To prepare for doing our presentation we went to a workshop at City College. Our Teachers were really proud of us, Carolyn said:

“What was clear during the presentation was the exceptional skills our young people have in engaging with the public and their confidence in speaking professionally to all types of audience. This was noted and commented on by the judges as a real strength of the team and is developed successfully at PSCA”

The day of the presentation was really exciting but also quite scary as we had not only to present our work but also answer questions from industry specialists. We then had to meet the public and show them our work.

We were really proud to win the Sustainability Award, we also got a special mention for having completed our work in less time than the other teams. The judges said that if we had the whole time we would have ‘aced it!’)

We really enjoyed this experience and working as part of a team. Next year the boys within the group will be too old compete again but we would like to support some younger students. All six of us and also Levi (who was part of of the team but couldn’t come to the awards) have gained certificates to show we are Bronze Level Industrial Cadets. This is a qualification recognised by industry.