A St Andrews schoolgirl has been given the opportunity to tackle and shape the energy challenges of tomorrow - thanks to her curiosity.
Rebecca Gorgon (12), who lives in Peat Inn, was one of the dozen winners from across the UK in the British Gas Generation Green Why Factor competition after being nominated by one of her teachers for her endless curiosity, exploring anything that captures her interest, no matter how small. Some of the world’s greatest ideas and inventions have resulted from being curious and Rebecca — she will enter her second year at Madras College, St Andrews after the summer holidays — won the exclusive chance to participate in a programme only available to the nation’s most curious schoolchildren.
She was joined by another 11 inquisitive youngsters at the initiative to work with energy and sustainability specialists to come up with solutions for future energy challenges.
The one-day workshop was held last Wednesday at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford, a world leading demonstration facility dedicated to the development of sustainable buildings, where the youngsters were able to take inspiration from the latest in energy saving and generating technology.
Rebecca has been passionate about the environment and green issues from a young age and was an active member of the eco-committee at Greyfriars Primary School, St Andrews. She now enjoys a similar role with the eco-committee and travel action group at Madras College.
She told the Citizen:”I was both surprised and delighted to win competition. I have always been interested in the environment and want to make a difference.”
The contest is part of British Gas Generation Green’s nationwide campaign, which aims to stimulate curiosity and innovation amongst the nation’s young minds.
It is hoped that inspiring the likes of Rebecca to be curious about future energy challenges will create a generation of energy innovators and sustainable energy consumers.
Competition judge and Generation Green programme manager Kate Lemon said:“Rebecca’s nomination really stood out, identifying her as one of the future innovators we have been searching for.
“Her insatiable curiosity was apparent through the eco projects she had already set up at school. We were really impressed by her natural curiosity and infectious enthusiasm.”
Earlier this year, Rebecca was one of the five winners of the Young Scottish Green List 2012 and received a prize of £250 towards her eco work.