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Scottish schools reach final for a chance to win £50,000 energy makeover

Two schools are celebrating today after being named finalists in Scottish Gas’ Generation Green competition, with the chance to win an energy makeover worth up to £50,000.

Pupils will go on to compete in front of crowds at INTU Braehead Shopping centre in Glasgow on Friday 12th June, after their designs for an energy-saving school of the future were shortlisted from nearly 500 entries.

The schools are Kirk O'Shotts Primary in North Lanarkshire and Stoneyburn Primary school in West Lothian.

The youngsters’ creative ideas included solar powered computers, bikes in classrooms to power the projectors and wearable wristbands that charge-up when you move to power mobile phones.

In the final, two primary schools and two secondary schools will take part in an energy inspired ‘dance-off’ against each other to win energy-saving technology such as solar panels, LED lighting and new energy-efficient boilers.

The competition will be judged by Heart Scotland DJ, Paul Harper and Leigh Currie from Scottish Gas.

The children will be awarded points for their moves as well as how much energy their performance generates, measured by a special power-generating dance mat called Pavegen.

PRIZES

The winning secondary school will receive an energy makeover worth up to £100,000, while the winning primary school will receive prizes worth up to £50,000. The two runners-up will each receive energy-saving technology worth up to £25,000.

The makeover could save each school up to £7,000 a year on its energy bills.

Heart Scotland DJ, Paul Harper said: “Many congratulations to the four finalists. They’ve already shown they’ve got the creative ideas and I can’t wait to see the creative moves they’ll bring to the dance floor.

“It’s great to see how Generation Green  is bringing energy to life in a fun way and helping to transform schools with the latest energy saving technology .”

Stoneyburn teacher Jennifer Welsh said: “We are so excited that we are through to the final, the children can’t wait to get on the dance mat and show-off their moves. The possibility of winning an energy makeover is also great news for the school.”

Kirk O’Shotts teacher Caroline Barr said, “The children really loved designing their own energy saving school of the future.  It is great to see their hard work and enthusiasm paid off and we are in the Generation Green finals.”

Leigh Currie of Scottish Gas said: “Congratulations to the schools who’ve reached the Scottish Gas Generation Green final. I am really looking forward to seeing their energetic performances.”  

ENDS

GENERATION GREEN

The competition is part of Scottish Gas’ Generation Green schools programme, which inspires thousands of children and teachers to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community. 

Scottish Gas has invested £2.6 million installing energy-saving equipment for schools through Generation Green during the last two years, helping to save an estimated 400,000kg of CO2.

Notes to Editors

· Generation Green is an education programme run by Scottish Gas for school children, their teachers and their families. We provide learning resources, educational experiences and we invest millions of pounds in sustainable energy technologies for schools throughout the UK. We aim to inspire young people to think about energy and to reduce energy use within schools and the wider community.

http://www.generationgreen.co.uk/

· Pavegen is an innovative flooring technology that converts kinetic energy from movement and footsteps into renewable electricity. 

School Quotes


Kirk O'Shotts primary  

“The children really loved designing their own energy saving school of the future. It is great to see their hard work and enthusiasm has paid off and that we are in the Generation Green finals.

“Our pupils have already been thinking about the dance -off and the routine they could perform to help us to win on the day”


Stoneyburn primary

“We are so excited that we are through the Scottish Gas Generation Green Finals, the children can’t wait to get on the dance mat and show-off their moves.

“The possibility of winning an energy makeover is great news for the school.”

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