Academy pupils win science award

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SIX SECOND year pupils from Montrose Academy took part in this year’s GO4SET competition and won the Innovation Award.

GO4SET stands for ‘Go for Science, Engineering and Technology’. It is a national programme to give pupils an insight into what science and engineering is all about and its importance in the future

It encourages pupils of today to be the engineers and scientists of tomorrow, and is aimed at stimulating the interest of young people in science, engineering and technology (SET) at a key stage in their education.

The pupils had to produce a project report on the use of Biomass Power Generation as a source of electricity and heat in the school. The use of this alternative energy source would reduce energy costs and the schools carbon footprint.

The team also had to take part, with other schools from Dundee and Angus, in a presentation of their report at Dundee University. The schools were judged by people in business, science and academia, and pupils were commended for their enthusiasm, knowledge and confidence.

The Montrose team worked closely with Mr Ian Robinson, lead engineer with GSK. He helped with their planning and aspects of the biomass reactor. The team accompanied Mr Robinson on a visit to GSK where he explained how GSK is reducing its energy costs and carbon footprint in the coming years.

The S2 team are presenting to the whole school their findings in alternative energy sources and asking the pupils to vote on which type of renewable energy they think is best suited for Montrose Academy.