Claire and Andrew – Land-based
Two North Notts students took the silver medal for Environmental Science at the national finals of the World Skills competition held at the NEC in Birmingham last year.
Claire and Andrew both studying on the Extended Diploma in Countryside Management were selected to take part in the Environmental Science section at Advanced Level.
Their first task was a practical which consisted of producing a solar oven, made from cardboard and silver foil. The oven had to be built in such a way that when a powerful light was shone on it, to simulate sunlight, a thermometer in the centre would record the temperature. The ovens were tested by the judges for ten minutes recording the maximum temperature reached.
For the next task they had to develop a renewable energy strategy to a fictional country for the coming years. They had to research renewable energy strategies and address environmental issues, economic considerations, the impacts on employment and other social issues and present their strategy and findings to the judges.
Claire commented, “It was stressful being under pressure on the day but it was also a great experience and I was absolutely thrilled to come away with a silver medal.”
Andrew added; “It has been a rewarding experience and the outcome wasn’t expected, but even if we hadn’t been in with the medals I still thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.”