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On Wednesday 1st July two teams of six Year 9 Design and Technology students competed against schools from across the North West in the Go4SET Challenge. The Go4SET Challenge is a national competition that partners students with employers and universities to offer a ten week Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics project. This year’s project, designed and sponsored by MasterCard involved:

“Researching technology used in relation to spending and tracking money in the past. Then to identify and research current technologies to manage money and think about new technologies that could change the way we spend, save and track money in the future.”

Team 1 comprising of Madeleine Fletcher, Mia Isherwood, Melissa Liu, Anjali Mathew, Ishbel Mullan and Alexander Wignall had the privileged of working with ARUP, a global engineering company who were responsible for the design and construction of the Sydney Opera House and Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium.

Oliver Askew, Jessica Lacey-Rhodes, Rida Munir, Eve Pimlott, Hashim Shah and Nirupama Varma, members of Team 2, met with officials from Land and Marine, an international engineering company involved in the energy industry.

Both teams thoroughly enjoyed meeting with company officials and visiting their design spaces, including Land and Marine’s ‘Design Yard’. Throughout the ten week project engineers from ARUP and Land Marine met with our students to help develop their ideas, produce written reports and prepare a five minute presentation.

Congratulations to everyone involved, and especially those from Team 1, who received the Go4SET ‘Pupils’ Choice for Best Idea’ award.

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