The younger generation are leading the way in finding innovative ways of cutting carbon emissions at school and at home, a point reinforced by the winners of this year’s BOC Year 9 Science Challenge.
St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School Wigan won this year’s prize for their strategy for cutting the emissions at their school. In doing so, they had to show their ideas were more innovative and robust than plans put forward by the other finalists drawn from schools and colleges in Greater Manchester. They collected their award at a special ceremony held at MOSI (the Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester).
Jennifer Thomas, Science Teacher at St Edmund Arrowsmith School, said: “The team were delighted to have won, especially given the strength of the competition from the other schools. They put a great deal of work into this challenge and I’m so proud of what they have achieved. In fact, the school governors were so impressed with their ideas that the team has been invited to talk to them at their next meeting!”
BOC, a member of the international Linde Group, is the country’s largest provider of industrial, medical and special purpose gases. It has been running education programmes for more than 30 years. Barbara White, BOC’s Training and Development Manager, noted the enthusiasm for problem solving in the contestants. “I’ve been involved in these competitions for a number of years and I am continually reminded of the imaginative approach to problem solving young people show, together with a real desire to tackle today’s major environmental challenges.”
This year, BOC teamed up with STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) at MOSI to provide the teams with specialist mentoring on questions of environmental technology. STEM Development Manager Donna Johnson said: “Science is such an important part of education. We need more scientists if we are to tackle some of the major issues facing the world – like climate change. But we also need more people in all walks of life who can understand what science can add to our lives today.”