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A massive congratulations to six of our IV Form pupils – Yuqi C, Ghani R, Henry A, Eithan L and Murray BoN – who have won the East of Scotland Regional Finals of the EDT Bronze Industrial Cadets Challenge.

The Industrial Cadets Bronze Project run by EDT (The Engineering Development Trust), is an exciting STEM challenge for teams of around six pupils working over 12 weeks on a project based around the digital world, circular economy and renewable energy, or the environment. They are tasked with finding a solution to the issue at hand and presenting this through a written report, model(s) and a virtual presentation. As well as graduating from the scheme as Bronze-level Industrial Cadets, national accreditation for STEM work, students gain valuable employability skills such as communication, problem solving and project management.

Each team is supported throughout the project by industry mentor(s), STEM professionals from their partnering company who provide valuable subject-specific knowledge and insight into their organisation and career journeys. This year we were paired with Leonardo, who proved to be a valuable resource to our team throughout the project. We thank them for all their help.

The team worked tirelessly on this project over the last few months during their DT Activities, as well as during Prep. The Graduation Day will take place, in person, on 31 May 2022. This will be the culmination of the hard work completed by all participating teams in this hub across the country, and a celebration of their achievements. Each pupil will receive an individual Industrial Cadets certificate, and overall winners of the awards on offer will be announced.

In answer to the Tomorrow’s Tech Today brief, the EDT Team have come up with PathFinder; a technologically advanced space structure that delivers safe commercial space travel. Yuqi tells us:

“It uses complex technology; such as sonar to find the most effective route. Pathfinder will be used as an express rocket to transport tourists from different destinations safely. It will incorporate radiation proof walls and rebreather systems to effectively protect passengers. There may also be spaceports/gas stations littered around the to allow for refuelling, which will have a docking bay with many functions such as docking the rocket easily.

Henry adds:

“This solves one of the many problems with space tourism and general space travel currently where transporting people will be troubling and completely unsafe. Our solution is the best because it solves all the issues in one creation which would not be too much more expensive than the ISS if this was to be built in the next century or so, especially if the asteroid mining industry starts to take off.”

We have our fingers well and truly crossed for the boys when attending the National Finals later this month, but regardless of the result, we are incredibly proud of all the hard work they have put into this project and we hope they can come away from this project with a variety of new skills and attributes as well as having confidence in the way they worked together as a team. Well done boys!


Florence Donaldson, Teacher of Design and Technology