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Enter the Better Energy School Awards 2017

besa-imageThe Better Energy School Awards, organised by the Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) and sponsored by Total invite young people aged 5 to 11 to upload or send in projects showing the environmental learning that is taking place at their school. If you have been doing any work with the environment as its focus at Total E & P UK Ltd since the start of the Summer Term 2016, then it can be entered into the Better Energy School Awards.

With a prize of £5,000 for the UK Champions and a total of over 50 cash Awards available, there are great incentives for schools to get involved. Representatives from a school in Scotland will be selected as Scottish Champions and will join winners from schools in England and Wales at an Awards Ceremony in London, at which they will receive their Awards from celebrity guests (who at last year’s Awards included YPTE Presidents Dermot O’Leary, Naomi Wilkinson and Adrian Cale) and find out which of the Regional Champions will be crowned UK Champions for 2017.

Peter Littlewood, Director of the Young People’s Trust for the Environment (YPTE) and representatives from Total were joined by pupils from Hanover Street’s primary 2/3 class who proudly presented their project idea for this year’s awards to a packed school assembly. Shortly afterwards Peter Littlewood, teacher Elizabeth Elrick and three pupils took part in a ‘live’ Glow TV broadcast telling other schools in Scotland about the competition and the reasons why Hanover have so enjoyed taking part.

Peter Littlewood, Director of YPTE said “It’s really exciting to be able to catch up with Hanover Street primary again and to have the opportunity through Glow TV. Enter the Better Energy School Awards 2017 to let as many schools in Scotland know about the Better Energy School Awards. I hope there will be lots of Scottish schools taking part, so that we can add massively to the 230,000 young people who have taken part since the Awards began in 2006. We know that schools in Scotland spend a lot of time working on environmental issues and to take part in BESA, all they have to do is tell us about it. We’re not trying to create lots of extra work for teachers, but rather to give them the opportunity to showcase the great work they and their students are doing already!”

It is great to see this level of interest and engagement particularly among the younger pupils. We hope this sparks the curiosity of other schools to find out more and go on to achieve similar success” added Sandra McLennan, Total’s Corporate Social Responsibility Leader.

Closing date for the awards is 8 May 2017. To find out more log onto betterenergyschoolawards.org or watch a recorded webcast filmed at Hanover Street primary via the Glow TV network https://meet.glowscotland.org.uk/p53m62cpgwn/

For further information please contact: Peter Littlewood, Director, YPTE Tel: 01935 315025 for further information on the Better Energy School Awards.

Better Energy School Awards 2017

small-besla-photoJoin us in Glow TV on Tuesday 21st February at 11am as Total and the Young People’s Trust for the Environment launch Better Energy School Awards 2017.

Find out how your school can win £5,000 in this exciting competition that encourages environmental education for young people aged 5 – 11.
There will be an opportunity to ask questions and hear from 2016 Regional Winners, Hanover Street primary in Aberdeen. Find out more at https://betterenergyschoolawards.org.uk/

Last year 35,000 pupils across the UK took part in the competition. Encourage your school to do the same and join this growing number in 2017!

Sign up and join us in Glow TV – Better Energy School Awards 2017.

If you unable to join us for the live event you can always catch up with the recording at another time – Glow TV’s Watch Again.

Weather and Climate Change

Small - Weather and Climate ChangeThis weather and climate change Glow TV event is suitable for upper primary and lower secondary.

Holidaying in Ibiza or even backpacking across Europe was not an option last summer for four inspirational undergraduate students from all across Scotland, who spurned the ordinary and instead single-handedly organised an extraordinary trip to the Arctic.

This was an enormous challenge and the team often felt on the brink of failure. They had to raise £10,000, confirm in country logistics as well as plan their research. It was only through perseverance and team work that they were successful. The main purpose of the trip was to study how climate change is affecting the landscape and the people of the Arctic. Team leader, Cameron MacKay, was motivated to go on the trip due to his strong interest in climate change.

To record the effects of climate change they used camera drones, art and social research. They responded to what they saw through creating music and art work. Cameron says, “For people to make the decisions that will change their lifestyles and ultimately reduce our impact on the environment, it takes a very personal connection. For me, this personal connection came through music and film …This can cause an emotive response, which will inspire the action we need to reduce our environmental impact.”

To hear more from Cameron and the rest of his team tune in to our Glow TV session, they will be showing footage they took and answering your questions. Take a look beforehand on Education Scotland’s Weather and Climate Change page: http://bit.ly/WeatherandClimateChange

Join us live in Glow TV on Wednesday 27th May at 10.45am – Register to take part live in Glow TV.

Our Environment Competition

Our Environment Competition has been launched by Scotland’s Environment Web

How Would You Make Our Environment Better?

“Take part in Our Environment Competition. Show us how you would make our environment better and win £1000! ”
The competition is open to young people of school age. It opens on 24th September 2014 and closes on 31st March 2015.

Young people need to:

  • find an environmental problem that you want to fix (or a potential problem you want to prevent)
  • describe the problem and collect data
  • work out what you want to change
  • work out how you are going to make it happen.

Entries should:

  • be ambitious & inspiring;
  • be of a high quality and well presented;
  • engage with other members of  your school or community; and
  • have a legacy potential.

The competition provides an engaging way of involving young people in their local environment and environmental issues.

It enables a focus on investigation and analysing skills.

It allows children to participate in scientific discussions and topical science.

There are four age categories:

  • First level
  • Second Level
  • Third and Fourth Level
  • Senior Phase

Individual or group

You can develop an entry as an individual or as a group.

School or outside of school

  • You can enter as part of a school project (a class, school group or individual)
  • You can enter as part of a group out-with school (e.g. youth club, Scouts, Guides, a group of friends), or as an individual

You can submit your entries from 1st January 2015.  Remember the closing date is 31st March 2015.   If you submit your work by the end of February 2015 you will be eligible for a £100 prize draw.

You should submit your entry by going to the competition website. The website will ask you to fill in a simple form and then upload your application.

There is a £1000 prize for the best group entry from all the age categories, and a £100 prize for the best individual entry, money which you can use to further develop your ideas and make them happen.

In addition, there will be two prizes for each age category, one for the best individual entry and one for the best group entry.

All winners will also be invited to attend a celebration ceremony. Further information can be found on Scotland’s Environment Web.