GCU brings schools to campus for Science Festival construction workshop

05 May 2015

School children are being invited to Glasgow Caledonian University’s evolving campus to learn about the environmental and economic reasons to reduce waste both in industry and their own schools.

GCU is currently working with Robertson Construction on a £30m ‘Heart of the Campus’ redevelopment.

Together the University and Robertson have developed a workshop to show that environmentally friendly construction methods can keep the costs of the build lower. 

At the events, hosted during the Glasgow Science Festival (June 4 to 14), on June 9 and 10, GCU and Robertson will encourage pupils to work on activities that will create awareness of jobs in construction and of waste management practices on a construction site and on the University campus.

Pupils will be divided into teams led by GCU student mentors and will take part in four activities: a waste/energy task; building lego towers on time and on budget; a campus quiz to learn about waste management processes at a modern university; and a visit to a real-life construction site. 

On site, in their high visibility vests and hardhats, pupils will to learn why and how waste is produced, stored, managed and disposed of and have the chance to ‘meet the experts’ to learn about different careers in the construction industry.

In advance of the workshop, schools will be invited to take part in pupil-led research about their school waste management to prepare them for the session.

For full details of the event, go to the Registration site.