Whilst considering new and exciting ways to encourage young people to use bikes, this contractor had the idea of a ‘Design a Sustainable Bike for the Future Challenge’. They decided to share their thoughts will the CEO of Young Enterprise Scotland and garner their interest and support. They agreed that the challenge was sound and would make a great introduction by Young Enterprise Scotland into the South East of Scotland.
Students of Hawick High School and Borders College have been challenged to design a bike for the future. The competition, run in association with enterprise education charity Young Enterprise Scotland, was launched at the Hawick Festival of Cycling, with prizes of £100 on offer for the winning school and college teams, courtesy of the contractor.
Encouraged to show initiative, creativity and teamwork, the challenge asks the students to push the boundaries of sustainable bike design. Their concept must consider sustainable materials, low maintenance components and the repair potential of the bike. In their teams, the students must also create the branding and marketing for their product and pitch its credentials to a team of local judges. A full school year project, the final designs will be showcased next summer.
This was a great example of bringing industry and developing organisations together to help young people look at options for addressing climate change; consider sustainable procurement; learn engineering & design skills; develop business and employability skills, progress enthusiasm for cycling; engage with the benefits of cycling; and using the Active Travel Network.
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