Hosted by the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, teams consisting of five or six pupils of varied ages from each school were tasked to come up with an innovative creation for an energy efficient heat pump that can turn cold air into hot air and vice versa.
Linda Scott, CEO for West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, said: “This competition is all about encouraging Scotland’s younger generation to think outside the box and come up with clever and innovative ideas that give them a greater understanding of technology and engineering.
“Ultimately, we are looking to help our younger generations learn and develop new skills and competitions such as these are great for this because they tap into a number of different skill sets such as creativity and teamwork.
“It was fantastic to see so many pupils take part in this year’s event and we were all very impressed by the creative ideas that were presented to the judges.”
After a hugely successful pilot competition in 2014 with Armadale Academy, the joint venture between local employer, Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning System Europe and the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce expanded to 11 schools across the area, making the competition bigger than ever before.
On the day of the final, pupils pitched their ideas to a special panel of judges, including local MSP Angela Constance, Mr Atsuhiro Yabu, President of the Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning System, Mr Kitaoka, Consulate General of Japan and other senior representatives from the public and private sector, who collectively decided on the overall winner of the competition.
Aimed at encouraging budding engineers to take part in the special design and innovation challenge, the Pump It Up competition intends to help pupils develop a better understanding of the science and technology involved in green energy.
It is also hoped that the competition will assist young people by helping them develop various skills that could be beneficial towards future career choices.
Rodney Ayre, Senior Department Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Air conditioning Systems Europe Ltd, said: “The schools project has created a link between Mitsubishi Electric and the local schools within the West Lothian area developing the workforce of the future and ensuring students get first-hand experience of manufacturing, environment and renewables. This activity promotes Mitsubishi Electric’s commitment to Scotland and the local community.”
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