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Students impress experts with AI plans to make planet cleaner and healthier

Solihull Editorial 27th Apr, 2024   0

SOLIHULL students have been praised by a global energy and water company for their use of Artificial Intelligence to build a cleaner and healthier planet.

Year 12 students from WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Fordbridge participated in Mission: Sustainability, an innovative community partnership programme run by Enzen, a global knowledge enterprise specialising in net zero with its headquarters at Blythe Valley Park.

The four-week challenge, launched during National Apprenticeships Week in February, saw 39 students studying science, engineering, technology and maths

divide into eight teams.

Drawing on industry expertise and resources provided by Enzen, the students tackled a challenge themed on ‘How can AI be used to create a more sustainable world?’.




The students’ ideas addressed a range of energy and environmental challenges, from river pollution and agricultural productivity to waste management and more

sustainable computing.


Stewart Tait, chief executive of WMG Academy Trust, said: “The Mission Sustainability project has given WMG students the opportunity to work and collaborate with industry leaders and experts in the latest innovative solutions and showcase their talents and skills to investigate more sustainable ways of solving tomorrow’s problems today.”

The eight teams were awarded either Gold, Silver or Bronze classification during a YouTube show.

And the gold winners are set to take on a work experience placement at Enzen in Solihull during the next academic year.

Louise Carter, head of people and culture for Enzen in the UK and Europe, said: “The quality and creativity of the students’ ideas was excellent and our judges were impressed with the sophistication of the solutions.

“Enzen’s mission as a company is to make energy and water more accessible, affordable and sustainable for all. Inspiring the next generation to work collaboratively and creatively, so they can apply new technology responsibly, creatively and for the wellbeing of our planet, is fundamental to this.

“We were proud to partner with the WMG Academy for Young Engineers and are excited to see so much young talent showing passion and knowledge for the subject.”

Enzen launched Mission: Sustainability in 2020 to inspire young people to pursue STEM careers and demonstrate how their creativity and collaboration can make a real difference to the future of our planet.

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