The inaugural Incredible Innovations Competition started back in September 2018 and was born out of talks between DYW West, West College Scotland and Morrison Construction with the sole focus of allowing young people to come together try and help their school in a variety of different ways.
Teams coordinated market research, came up with ideas, produced prototypes, created presentations and drew up business plans to impress a panel of judges at the finals of the competition, held on the 26th March at the West College Scotland Paisley campus.
The competition was open to young people from Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire and Inverclyde and teams from Notre Dame High School, Williamwood High School, Mary Russell School, St. Stephens High School, St. Peter the Apostle High School, Our Lady and St. Patrick's High School and St. Columba's High School battled it out to win the lucrative prize of £1000 which would go towards making their ideas a reality and improving the unique problems each school faced.
Only one school would win the £1000 on the day, and that honour was awarded to Notre Dame High School for with their eco-friendly, reusable water bottle idea. However, there were two Runners-Up prizes worth £500 that were awarded to from St. Peter the Apostle High School and Williamwood High School with their homework planner app and multi-phone charger ideas respectively.
Morrison Construction has also committed to supplying 250 water bottles to kick-start the Mary Russell School Eco-Warrior project.
Morrison Construction, Economic Performance Manager, Jim Johnstone said: ‘‘It was fantastic to be part of the Incredible Innovations competition since its inception in August last year, travelling to schools and meeting the pupils and teachers involved.
‘‘I was delighted to present the winners cheque to the Notre Dame High School team. It is wonderful to know the prize money will be used to supply 1,300 personal water bottles to existing and new pupils, as well as staff, cutting the use of plastic at the school.
‘‘I would also like to congratulate the other finalist teams on their high-quality presentations, you made the judging panels task very difficult.’’
Commenting on the competition, DYW West Director Bob Davidson said: “Everything that the pupils have done to reach the finals will help them prepare for life after school – working as a team, conducting research, managing budgets, public speaking and much more – all skills employers want.
‘‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the schools, pupils and teachers that entered and congratulations to the winners, runners up and all that reached the final. Finally thank you to Morrison Construction and West College Scotland for being great partners and working together with us on the competition - the project will run again after the summer.”
DYW West are always looking for employers of all sizes and sectors to get involved by helping bring the curriculum to life and prepare young people for the world of work. Please visit www.dywwest.co.uk to get in touch.