Circular Solution Programme

Pupils will learn about the principles and benefits of a circular economy through inspiring case studies, create their own product or service that will reduce or eradicate waste, before branding, promoting and sharing their world-beating solutions!

Challenge Overview

Welcome to the Circular Solutions Challenge, as part of COP26 and our 2022 Festival of Youth Enterprise.

Pupils will learn about the principles and benefits of a circular economy through inspiring case studies, create their own product or service that will reduce or eradicate waste, before branding, promoting and sharing their world-beating solutions!

The programme is flexible and can be done any time from October 2021 (in the lead up to COP 26) right up to May 2022.

All participating schools should send in pupils’ completed pitches or presentations no later than Friday 20th May 2022. Winners will be announced at or Festival of Youth Enterprise on Friday 3rd June 2022.

The Challenge is suitable for pupils working on Levels 2, 3 and 4 of Curriculum for Excellence. It focuses on the Circular Economy: a move away from our Take, Make, Use and Dispose culture and towards one where everything has value, and nothing is wasted.

The Circular Solutions Challenge is designed to inspire and engage pupils to tackle the climate emergency, while also providing them with vital skills and aptitudes needed to lead and work in the communities and businesses of the future. The challenge has a focus on Learning for Sustainability, Enterprise, and Technological Developments in Society, Economy and Business.

What’s in it for young people:

  • Opportunity to develop an enterprising mindset and to build enterprising skills including creativity, teamwork, problem-solving and communication for learning, life and work.
  • Greater awareness of our impact on the planet and how they can become involved in making a real difference.
  • Greater understanding of the link between the Circular Economy, Sustainable Development and the UN Global Goals.
  • Increased resilience and confidence.
  • Opportunity to work collaboratively towards a common goal and to participate in a nationwide competition.
  • Insight into improving their employability through business, social and entrepreneurial skills.

Support from young Enterprise Scotland:

  • Comprehensive teachers’ resource pack containing flexible lesson plans, curricular links, teachers’ notes, inspiring case studies and all necessary classroom resources.
  • Phone / email support from our team throughout the Challenge.
  • Virtual judging support from our school team.
  • Certificates of achievement for all participating pupils.

How to get involved:

  • Download your resources from this page
  • Deliver the challenge with your pupils however you choose (minimum 4 sessions)
  • Share pupils’ final pitches, presentations or adverts with us before 20th May 2022 (via our admin email address, or even better via our socials!) - Twitter @YE_Scotland Facebook @YoungEnterpriseScotland and Use the hashtags #TogetherForOurPlanet #COP26 #FoYE22

Young Enterprise Scotland

Our Vision is for Scotland to be a place where all young people are given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start their journey.

Our Mission is to inspire and equip young people, irrespective of their background, to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise education.

In everything that we do, we will work with the following values: Integrity, Enthusiasm, Creativity & Collaboration.

 

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