Buchan pupils in technology challenge

Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford congratulates Kimberley Wilson and Ian Buchan from Peterhead on their achievement.
Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford congratulates Kimberley Wilson and Ian Buchan from Peterhead on their achievement.

Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford attended the finale of the prestigious S2 Technology Challenge recently, where she presented prizes to the winners.

The event, held at Banff and Buchan College in Fraserburgh, saw seven North-east academies compete for the coveted award, pitching representative teams against each other, comprising “the best of the best” engineering brains from each school.

First place was awarded to Fraserburgh Academy, second place to Peterhead Academy and third place to Banff Academy.

Delivered in partnership with Schlumberger, Score, Technip and Shell the final of the S2 Technology challenge Competition follows local heats at each academy where pupils compete in various engineering challenges.

The top boy and girl from each school then go forward to the final.

The teams competed in seven different challenges, all based around skills for engineering.

The challenges covered communication, pneumatics and building a valve to name a few.

Rhys Buchan and Emily Duthie from Fraserburgh Academy were delighted to be crowned overall winners of the competition - each receiving a mini iPad.

Ian Buchan and Kimberley Wilson from Peterhead Academy were runners-up – each receiving an iPod Touch.

Dr Whiteford presented the prizes and said: “All of the pupils showed impressive skills and can be very proud of their efforts.

“My congratulations to the winners, Rhys Buchan and Emily Duthie, from Fraserburgh Academy.

“This engineering competition is a great way of encouraging an interest amongst young people in technical vocations.

“Thanks to Banff and Buchan College for hosting the competition and to their partners for an outstanding event once again.”

Banff and Buchan College principal, Paul Sherrington added “It is a great achievement for all pupils who have been chosen to represent their Academy here today. Well done to all of you!

“I personally would like to thank the staff from all the participating Academies, the lecturing team who have worked across the last six months and our partners for their on-going support which allows an event like this to run across the years.”