Nottingham school pupils win £500 for STEM Learning

Pupils from two Nottingham schools have won a national social media competition, winning £500 for each school to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and activities.

E.ON’s #myenergysavinghacks competition was open to schools and individuals across the UK to hear about ideas for using, saving and celebrating energy and received over 200 entries.

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However, it was pupils from Carlton Academy and Henry Whipple Primary School who were chosen as the winning schools for their creativity and originality shown in their entries.

Carlton Academy saw a team of three Year 9 pupils win the secondary school category with their innovative idea of a safety shoe for the visually impaired that uses a circuit board to make different sounds if the person wearing the shoe bumps into anything unexpected.

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Dale Mears, Head of Design and Technology at Carlton Academy, said: “We’re thrilled that our school has been chosen as the winners for this national competition and to be awarded the £500 prize money to support our pupils in developing their STEM skills is really exciting.

“Changes in the national curriculum have meant that we will be introducing more STEM-related learning into the classroom, including programming and control.

“We plan to use the prize money to buy more kits to enable us to introduce robotics into the Design and Technology curriculum and further the pupil’s learning in this area.

“And of course we also plan to buy the three winning pupils a STEM-related prize to reward them for their hard work.”

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The ideas were developed in workshops run by E.ON through its Engerise Anything programme, with the hope pupils aged from 5-16 understand all stages of energy production, distribution and consumption.

Suzanne Doxey, Community Relations Manager at E.ON, says the competition was a “great success” in making learning about energy and science interesting and fun for pupils.

She said: “The competition has been a great success and it’s been fascinating to see the range of entries and ideas for how we could all save and use energy in different ways.

“Encouraging young people to think about energy and how to use it wisely is a key part of our educational activities in schools and we hope that competitions like this one help to make learning about energy and science interesting and fun for pupils.”

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To learn more about the Energise Anything programme, you can visit eonenergy.com/energiseanything