West of England 2016
We returned for a 5th year to the University of the West of England on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 May 2016 to run another successful Your Green Future event at their Department of Architecture and the Built Environment.
Over 400 school students from 18 schools across South Gloucestershire and Bristol worked alongside representatives from 28 local and national businesses as well as charities and other organisations to address a series of real life business challenges in a variety of creative workshops that kept both students and business mentors on their toes.
One of the mentors of our ‘Your Energy Future’ workshop, Peter Clegg from Cheltenham Green Doors, described the event as:
“An action packed high octane involvement with an incredible range of formative young minds. The children’s enthusiasm for getting stuck into their given project is great and makes it all worthwhile. I had a fun time and came away very encouraged for planets future if it is in the hands of these young people”.
The workshops are designed to help students think about how a low carbon world might impact on their future. They include designing retail products for 2026 with Lush; developing an energy plan for Snowdonia National Park with Ecotricity; designing a city of the future with Skanska and how we tackle waste with Jaguar Land Rover.
The event also includes a popular Dragon’s Den styled workshop where our student dragons hold the purse strings to a pot of sadly fictional money which businesses have to pitch for. This year saw Bristol Port and South Gloucestershire & Stroud College competing for money to tap into the power of the Severn for electricity generation; Rolls Royce wanted the money to develop a new engine that increased the efficiency of air travel and Spirax Sarco who wanted to develop TurboPower machines for manufacturing plants that would help them to use their waste steam to generate electricity.
We received some great feedback from students describing the event as “eye-opening”, “informative”, “interactive”, “fun” and “enjoyable”, and teachers alike: “hugely worthwhile in promoting STEM in both further education and careers. All students found the sessions engaging and there was something for every interest and ability”.
Check out coverage of the event, and our Your Future City workshop with The Architecture Centre, on Made in Bristol TV – http://www.madeinbristol.tv/player/?playercat=80301&vid=n8i3c6z4
If you would like to find out more about Your Green Future, or about how you can get involved in our next events, please see our website http://yourgreenfuture.org.uk/ or contact Karen Robinson, project manager, on 01452 835 080 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.