Secondary school pupils across the UK were asked to share their school’s big green dream, with the boldest ideas to be awarded £10,000 to help turn their ideas into reality.
The ScottishPower Green Energy Trust, an independent charity which helps community renewable energy projects get off the ground, called upon school pupils in Year 7 – 8 in England and Wales and S1 – S2 in Scotland to submit their ‘Big Green Dream’. They could submit creative entries such as drawings, videos, collages, poems or paintings.
Two first prizes of £10,000 were awarded to Fairview School in Perthshire and Dunfermline High School. Prizes of £5,000 were awarded to St. Christopher’s CE High School in Accrington, Dorothy Stringer School in Brighton and Bathgate Academy in West Lothian towards their big green dreams. Dyce Acedemy in Aberdeen recieved £1,000 to make its ideas a reality.
We would like to thank all of the schools involved for their creative and thoughtful entries. You can read more about our amazing winning entries below.
Dunfermline High School’s big green dream is to create a “green energy gym”. It will ‘upcycle’ their existing exercise equipment including rowing machines, treadmills and exercise bikes to allow pupils to keep fit while generating green electricity to supply power to the school.
School Pupil, Anna McCracken (S2) said: “The Big Green Dream competition has been so much fun to take part in. I can’t believe we actually won and everyone is looking forward to start running, rowing and riding!”
Fairview School is Perth & Kinross’ school for children and young people with complex additional support needs. The school’s big green dream is to install a solar panel in their new garden shed, which will become the hub of its beautiful community garden.
Pupils have worked hard to create the garden and plan to use the funding to add solar-powered lighting, power tools for wood-work classes and a water fountain to the shed. This will become part of lessons on how electricity works and how renewable energy is generated.
Leigh Verdot, headteacher at Fairview School, said: “We’re over the moon to have won the Big Green Dream competition. We can’t wait to put this funding to good use by getting equipment that generates renewable energy to benefit the whole school. The pupils are delighted!”
St. Christopher’s big green dream is to install exercise bike tables into classrooms so that pupils can generate electricity for the school while keeping fit. The school also plans to invest in their insulation systems to achieve energy efficiency.
The school’s Director of Sustainability and Science, Wendy Litherland, said: “We are always looking to empower our pupils to make a difference and this competition has given them the chance to do exactly that. Reducing our dependence on non-renewable energy sources is important and our pupils are passionate about making it happen.”
The Eco committee at Dorothy Stringer School’s has a big green dream to transform their new patch of grass land with eco-friendly plans. This includes planting rare varieties of vegetables in conjunction with Brighton Permaculture Trust and to create a butterfly haven. The students will also create a renewable phone charging station using solar panels on the roof.
Student, Sonny Da Luz (Year 10) said: “We’re so excited to win this prize. I can’t wait until we build our renewable phone charging station.”
Bathgate Academy’s big green dream is to use its food waste in an eco-friendly way to heat the school using a Biomass. The Biomass converts waste food into pellets which can then be used for energy in a biomass boiler.
Science teacher, Mark Roberts, said: “S2 pupils Abbie, Eve, Eva, Lilly and Andrea wanted to enter this competition in an effort to make a difference to their school and to show that young people with can have the enthusiasm to apply their learning of real-world issues to the issues of their school community.”
Dyce Academy’s big green dream is to create a project which illustrates how Aberdeen Harbour incorporates renewable energy. This project will use Art and Design, dance, drama, music and photography to tell this story.
John Naples-Campbell, Head of Expressive Arts, said: “As a school, we recognise that education on renewable energy sources is important and our pupils are passionate about learning more through our project. We can’t wait to start creating our exhibition.”