Peterhead Academy pupils engineer their future

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Pupils from Peterhead Academy recently competed in the local heat of the prestigious S2 Technology Challenge Schools Competition.

The annual event was created some nine years ago to mark the exciting partnership between Banff and Buchan College in Fraserburgh and engineering companies within the Aberdeenshire area.

This competition is aimed at building closer links between students pursuing technical qualifications and any potential employers.

This year’s competition involved the students building an Offshore drilling rig from Meccano, which they then connected to solar panels to make it lift drilling pipes.

The students were assessed on a number of areas including their ability to read and understand verbal and written instructions, follow diagrams and on their behaviour on the day.

Stevie Wilson, curriculum leader said: “As an ex-pupil of Peterhead Academy I am delighted that all pupils engaged well with the competition.

“This is a key time for these pupils. They are required to make S3 subject choices during this year, so it is great that this competition has given them an insight into engineering and energy.

“There continues to be a high demand for quality engineers within this sector providing exciting career opportunities for girls and boys.”

First place in the local event went to the pairing of Ian Buchan and Kimberley Wilson, with Kieran Hendry and Megan McDougall coming a close second.

Ian and Kimberley will now go forward to the grand final of the S2 Technology Challenge competition which will take place at Banff and Buchan college in May next year.

There they will compete against the top students from six other local academies.

The seven academies competing in the competition are Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Mintlaw, Ellon, Banff, Turriff and Oldmeldrum.