A group of Ysgol Aberconwy sixth form girls have scooped £500 for the school and £50 each by winning ‘Best Energy Appreciation Project’ award sponsored by Horizon, at the EESW (Engineering Education Scheme Wales) Awards at Venue Cymru. The EESW Awards was set up to encourage young people to consider engineering as a career.
After six months of hard work, which included two workshop days held by EESW at Coleg Llandrillo that helped them to develop their ideas and progress their project, Alen King, Kara Michael, Mim Allardice, Nicole Coulson and Ruth Dean represented Ysgol Aberconwy at The Big Bang Fair, with their Energy Neutral Water and Waste Water Treatment project. The girls fought off 24 other schools/colleges based within North Wales to win one of the five category awards available.
Welsh Water has the ambition to become energy neutral by 2050, meaning energy consumption is equal to the energy generated by the company. As a group, the girls worked in partnership with Chemical Engineer Ben Burggraff from Welsh Water working towards the joint aim of becoming energy neutral. Through hard work, dedication and commitment, the group spent time during and after school to produce a water rating system, app and suggested modifications for homes, to meet their aim of becoming energy neutral.
Ysgol Aberconwy pupil and project manager, Mim Allardice explained, “To be involved in a project as important as this one has been hugely beneficial to our studies. Not only did we learn to work together as a group on real life issues, we also had the experience of supporting Welsh Water in working towards their aim of becoming energy neutral by 2050. The experience is something we’re all proud to have been part of and we look forward to seeing the improvements Welsh Water make.”
“It was definitely a proud teacher moment when the girls won the award. It demonstrates not only the hard work they’ve put into the project but also the solutions they’ve produced whilst working alongside an external organisation like Welsh Water.” Stated Mrs Cohen, Head of Science at Ysgol Aberconwy.
Ben Burggraaf, Welsh Water’s Energy Operations manager said: “It’s been a real pleasure to work with the students on this project. Their enthusiasm and passion for the project really has been inspiring and it’s been great to see them work through possible solutions to some of the very real energy related challenges we face. I look forward to now sharing the outcomes and ideas that the students have come up with my colleagues.”
Welsh Water continue to host a different school each year and provide students with an opportunity to sample professional engineering in the workplace through dedicated projects.