St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Armagh win £1,000 at Green Schools NI Competition

St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh

Ten local schools competed for a chance to win £1,000 worth of renewable or energy technologies for their schools on Friday 5 February at the Green Schools NI Competition awards ceremony at the Ulster University.

The competition, organised by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) and The Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) at Ulster University, promotes renewable energy and environmental sustainability awareness to schools.

This year, the competition gave students the opportunity to propose a new sports facility design for their school which incorporated sustainable, energy efficient and environmentally friendly technologies. Students had 5 minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.

All schools taking part were also given the chance to design and present a poster on their proposed sports facility at the award ceremony. St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook who designed the winning poster received £300 for their school.

St. Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook

The Green Schools NI is an exciting competition that has been designed to engage students from all STEM subjects but in particular CCEA’s new GCE in Environmental Technology. This qualification is closely linked with Ulster University’s recently launched BEng Architectural Engineering and BSc Energy courses.

Increased awareness of the impact human activity has on our world means that environmental technology is an expanding learning area. Despite the global recession, the green economy continues to grow. This presents significant opportunities for employment in areas such as engineering, planning, manufacturing, technical support and management.

Justin Edwards, CCEA's Chief Executive commented:

"CCEA is delighted to partner with Ulster University and deliver a competition that raises awareness of the increasing career and study opportunities in the area of Environmental Technology. Since the introduction of our unique A level in Environmental Technology in 2013 we have seen the number of schools and students entered for the qualification double. The competition is valuable to us all, it encourages students to come up with ideas and alternative solutions which could possibly shape our environment and how we live in the future."

Professor Neil Hewitt, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies at Ulster University said:

"We were very impressed with the enthusiasm, the quality of the work and the skills of the participating students in the final of the Green Schools NI 2016 competition. They demonstrated a clear understanding of the principles of sustainability and environmental awareness. Ulster's BSc (Hons) Energy and BEng (Hons) Architectural Engineering courses aim to produce graduates able to provide innovative and forward-thinking solutions to meet the global energy challenges for a sustainable future. Start your energy career at Ulster University."

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