Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Students step up to climate change challenge with ‘inspirational’ eco-projects

Students across the Humber have come forward with their own innovative ideas to help tackle the climate crisis as part of a campaign to unite the region in the drive to net zero.

Children and young people across the region aged between 11-18 were invited to plan and deliver their own eco-project for The Waterline Student Challenge 2021.

Dozens of teams from schools and colleges across Hull, the East Riding, North and North East Lincolnshire accepted the challenge and submitted their sustainable solutions, which judges described as “inspirational”.

Projects ranged from apps and games to new product ideas and presentations, addressing issues around recycling, minimising food waste, and water management.

The new competition, sponsored by SSE Thermal, is part of Marketing Humber’s The Waterline campaign to bring together partners from the worlds of industry, academia and research and development to pioneer decarbonisation solutions.

A shortlist of 24 entries has now been narrowed down to six finalist teams, who will all present their ideas at this month’s flagship The Waterline Summit 2021.

The overall competition winners will be taken on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the globally critical COP26 conference with world leaders in Glasgow in November.

Included among the six finalist teams are Year 9 Loyal Leaders, Engineering University Technical College Northern Lincolnshire. Year 9 Loyal Leaders, pictured, created a wind turbine-themed computer game aimed at children aged 8-14. The game is designed to be shown and played in schools to highlight the benefits of wind power.

Each of the finalists will receive a behind the scenes VIP experience with a supporting business, providing an invaluable insight into the career opportunities available to them with a sustainable company committed to protecting the environment, along with £500 per team.

Along with the trip to COP26, the overall winners, who will be announced by Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy on the launch day of The Waterline Summit on Monday, October 18, will also receive £2,000 to support their school or college on its eco journey.

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