NEWS: Perth Grammar pupils become house designers as part of industry partnership
10 June 2019
The S1 year group from Perth Grammar School have designed a village of ‘homes for the future’ as part of an ongoing partnership with infrastructure company Robertson.
Following a series of twelve Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused classes supported by Robertson and key supply chain partners, the pupils were challenged to design a home, drawing upon skills learned during sessions on science, engineering, marketing, interior design, insulation, roof trusses, landscaping and energy efficiency.
Many pupils focused on including sustainable elements in their designs, developing energy efficient designs with a low carbon footprint.
The activity is part of Robertson’s strategic partnership with the school – a formal agreement which includes a bespoke programme of placement opportunities, mentoring, employment events and skills building.
It comes as the Scottish Government published its ‘New Housing and Future Construction Skills - Adapting and Modernising for Growth’ report, which outlined the importance of STEM partnerships between education and industry in - the industry. Engagement at an early stage in secondary schools was a key recommendation.
The top three teams were selected for the best design concepts which included consideration given to the construction of the build, interior design, landscaping, energy efficiency and sales. After a morning of judging all of the pupils’ entries, Robertson presented pupils with Perth City Cards in recognition of the learning undertaken and skills developed.
Robertson partnership with Perth Grammar is one of five strategic partnerships with schools and further education institutes across Scotland, with others including Bannockburn High School in Stirling, Elgin High School in Moray, Portlethen Academy in Aberdeenshire and Baldragon High School in Dundee.
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