Dylan and Neive make the finals

Rector Alan Horberry with winning pupils Dylan Waugh and Neive Sivers
Rector Alan Horberry with winning pupils Dylan Waugh and Neive Sivers

PUPILS at Mintlaw Academy competed in the local heat of the prestegious Technology Challenge Schools Competition.

The competition was open to all S2 pupils and aimed to build closer links between students persuing technical qualifications and potential employers.

First place was awarded to Dylan Waugh and Neive Sivers whilst Ryan-Lee Stewart and Laura Runcie came a close second.

The competition involved students building an offshore drilling rig from Meccano, which they then connected to solar panels to make it lift drilling pipes.

Students were assessed on their ability to read and understand verbal and written instructions, follow diagrams and their behaviour.

Dylan and Neive will now go forward to the grand final of the S2 Technology Challenge competition which will take place at the college in May. They will compete against the top students from six other local academies.

Curriculum leader, Stevie Wilson, said: “The S2 pupils at Mintlaw have enjoyed taking part and the competition has raised the profile of careers within the wider energy and engineering sectors.”

The event was created nine years ago to mark the partnership between the College and engineering companies within the Aberdeenshire area.

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