CCEA, the Council for the Curriculum, Assessment and Examinations, and Ulster University's Centre for Sustainable Technologies have joined forces once again to launch the Green Schools NI competition for the second year running.
The challenge set for students this year is to design a new sports facility for their school which uses sustainable, energy efficient and environmental technologies. The first 40 schools to enter the competition will receive free energy measuring equipment worth up to £50.
The competition is open to students in years 12 to 14 studying STEM subjects. With the support of a STEM subject teacher, students will be asked to assess a potential site in their school grounds and propose an innovative building design which utilises renewable and energy efficient measures to meet the building's energy needs.
The winners will receive a top prize of £1,000 in renewable or energy technologies for their school.
Justin Edwards, Chief Executive of CCEA, comments: "We are delighted to be teaming up once again with Ulster University to launch the Green Schools NI competition for the second year running. The competition encourages innovative thinking among students in the area of sustainable and energy efficient building design and use. Students studying CCEA's GCE in Environmental Technology may find the competition of particular interest."
Professor Philip Griffiths, Head of School of the Built Environment at Ulster University, stated: "We were very impressed with the enthusiasm, quality of the work and the skills demonstrated by the participating students in last year's Green Schools NI competition. This year's competition is shaped around the same 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."
To register for the competition, teachers should email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 13 November 2015 with their centre name, centre number, teacher name and student names and years. Final reports will need to be submitted by 4 December 2015.
All participating schools will have the opportunity to present their ideas at an award ceremony which will be held at the Ulster University campus in Jordanstown at the end of January 2016.
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