On 30th January, pupils from schools in Clyde Valley, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway celebrated the Material World Go4SET competition launch at Dumfries House with a day of textiles-based science challenges and activities. Material World is a new programme made possible with funding from Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation and developed in partnership with the Scottish Textiles Skills Partnership and Glasgow Clyde College, designed to encourage young people to explore the science behind textile design and manufacture.
The Go4SET competition encourages S2 pupils to “go for it!” and pursue further education, apprenticeships or careers in science, engineering and technology, getting them out of the classroom and giving them first-hand experience of the workplace. For 10 weeks, 12–14 year olds work in teams of six with an industry mentor on STEM-themed projects based around real-world problems that need solving, from environmental issues to finance and technology. Material World Go4SET teams are the first to be paired with mentors from the textiles industry, and the programme aims to showcase the diverse applications of STEM skills in textiles businesses.
Pupils from Langholm Academy, Dumbarton Academy, St. Peter the Apostle High School, St. Paul’s High School, Trinity High School, Our Lady’s High School, Holy Cross High School, Ayr Academy, Stewarton Academy and St. John Ogilvie High School will design and make a prototype of a jacket, competing for prizes including Overall Best Project, Best Teamwork and the Pupils’ Choice Award.
“Go4SET encourages young pupils of today to be the engineers and scientists of tomorrow,” said Helen Anderson, Director of competition-organisers the Engineering Development Trust. “It also helps them develop skills in team working, communication, report writing and problems solving – all essential skills in today’s world of work”.
The projects will be presented at a Celebration and Assessment Day on 15th May at The Trades House of Glasgow, where the teams will display their innovative solutions to guests from industry, government and their families. The young people will also find their interpersonal skills challenged as they are interviewed by a panel of expert judges.
The companies supporting this years’ competition are FTS Dyers, Elliott’s Shed, Alex Begg, Vascutek, Jack Ellis, W.L. Gore and Scott & Fyfe.
Go4SET is a national programme which is part of the Engineering Development Trust’s continuum of programmes aimed at stimulating young people’s interest in STEM at a key stage in their education.