Pump It Up Challenge: The Final 2018

On Tuesday 5th of June,  we celebrated our local young people at the Pump It Up School Challenge Final at Howden Park Centre. This school project is in collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning where they are tasked to create an innovative use for a heat pump.

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Celebrating our young people

The Chamber can safely say that all the young people truly delivered the projects brief in an entertaining and creative way. With ideas ranging from a:

  • Heated Toilet Seat to stop all your discomforts |Whitburn Academy
  • Dog Protection System ensuring animals stay safe within cars | Armadale Academy
  • Heatwave stadium seats for extra comfort at sporting events | Broxburn Academy
  • Eco School Temperature Adjuster to provide a more sustainable way to heat schools |St Margaret’s Academy
  • Changing Lite Greenhouse to help ensure gardening is possible anywhere | James Young High School
  • Heated Pet Bed for helping shelters safely care for animals | Deans Community High School
  • Heat Pump Greenhouse to help Britain suppliers grow their own fruit and veg in all seasons | St Kentigern’s Academy
  • Sleep Warm sleeping bags to provide warmth for the homeless | Linlithgow Academy
  • F.A.R.M heated systems for farmers and their animal shelters | Inveralmond Community High School.

All of the groups impressed the judges, who were made up of the President of Mitsubishi, Consul General of Japan, Mitsubishi engineers and Chamber Chief Executive Linda Scott, with their designs and how they have used this opportunity to think how society could be benefited with their ideas.

With local councillors, West Lothian Council representatives , local businesses  and Angela Constance MSP in attendance this was a perfect platform for our young people to showcase their abilities while interacting with potential employers and receiving support from the local business community.

Our winners

This year we have made a slight change to our winning criteria and instead of just 1 winner we choose 3 winning groups for the following categories, Competency, Green Energy and Design & Innovation. All of the winners will be going along to Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning premises for a week at their training suite.

Now it is time to introduce our winners below: 


Category 1- Competency

Winner | Whitburn Academy

This group entertained the whole audience with their Heated Toilet Seat design. Their presentation showcased their team work skills, confidence and the level of practice they undertook.



Category 2- Green Energy

Winner | James Young High School

The young people in this group impressed the judges with their application of alternative energy solutions with their Changing Lite Greenhouse design which supported the sustainability of growing your own food in any climate. Their understanding of the impact this area has on the environment and how it would benefit local traders and consumers was impressive. 


Category 3- Design & Innovation

Winner | St Kentigern’s Academy

This group’s idea of a Heat Pump Greenhouse showed remarkable understanding of the function and application of this system. The team took into consideration the cost of their idea and researched potential end users.  The judges recognised the feasibility of their design awarding them accordingly.


Many Thanks

The Chamber would like to thank everyone involved in the project this year and congratulate them on their high standards.

We have really enjoyed visiting all the schools involved and can’t wait to see you again next year for another round of the Pump It Up School Challenge. 


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