LONDON — The IOR wants to encourage schools to get involved in explaining to their students how fantastic the refrigeration and air conditioning industries are, both from the point of an interesting application of science and as a future career.

“I was very honoured to be asked to support the IOR Cool for Schools competition,” said Sam Buckell from the Women in RACHP network. “It is a fun way to get the IOR and the industry into schools and into the minds of young people. As so often discovered, people have joined our industry because they were aware of it because of a relative or family friend. People just don’t hear about us at schools. The more fun activities that we can highlight to young people the better. And I think that through schools is really one of the most direct ways initially that we can do this.”

Fantastic Fridges is an online resource designed for schools to use, with content linked to national curriculum areas. The IOR offers its Cool for School competition, which challenges Key Stage 3 students (11 to 14-year olds) to come up with an experiment related to the fields of refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pumps. Participants could win a fantastic range of science kit prizes for their school packed with equipment, books, and ideas to make science lessons cool.

 Prizes include:

  • 1st Prize – £2000 value 
  • Two runner-up prizes - £1000 value 
  • And a “Most innovative video” category winner - £1000 value

All entries will get a Certificate of Merit to recognize their work and highlight the skills and Gatsby Benchmarks that were involved.

To take part students simply need to record a refrigeration related experiment and submit it to the IOR before 1 December. To learn more, visit here

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