|21 June 2016|

Scotland

A host of young Scots came up with creative new ways to tackle the growing problem of air pollution at Air Time with VentureJam, a hands-on event held at the Glasgow Science Centre recently.

The event, which was delivered by Young Scot, Glasgow City of Science and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), formed part of the Glasgow Science Festival. The young people – aged 14 to 20 – took part in activities, science experiments and learning around the harmful impacts of air pollution – an increasing health and environmental issue in Scotland’s urban areas, especially in large cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Air Time gave participants some fast-track learning on the issue of air pollution before giving them the opportunity to come up with new digital ideas to tackle the problem and present them back to top industry experts ‘Dragons Den Style’ at Venturefest Scotland – an annual innovation summit held at Glasgow Science Centre on 1 September 2016.

Dr Susie Mitchell, programme director of Glasgow City of Science, said: “Air Time was a great success – it really got the young people thinking about this important issue, the impact it has, and the part they can all play in addressing the problem.

“Opportunities that upskill, inspire and encourage entrepreneurial thinking in our young people can boost competitiveness and growth in a smart, sustainable and inclusive way.  I can’t wait to see how the young people translate their new knowledge from today’s inspirational event into creative business ideas at VentureJam in August.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, added: “Making the country a cleaner and greener place is important to many young people and this was plain to see in the level of passion displayed by the participants at Air Time. We were pleased to see so many fantastic ideas on show.  If we want to tackle the big issues of our time it’s vital we tap into the creativity and insight of young people.”