Mintlaw Academy pupils engineer their future

Mintlaw Academy head teacher Alan Horberry with the winning pupils
Mintlaw Academy head teacher Alan Horberry with the winning pupils

Pupils at Mintlaw Academy recently competed in a local heat of the prestigious S2 Technology Schools Challenge run by North East Scotland College and industry partners.

First place went to Harrison Mutch and Shannon Wood who will now go forward to the grand final which will take place at Fraserburgh Campus in May.

Cameron Innes and Lisa Bond who were awarded second place

Paul Sherrington, Depute Principal North East Scotland College said: “This competition aims to introduce engineering in an accessible and fun format whilst strengthening relationships between industry and education.

“Pupils have the opportunity to learn a little more about the energy sector and decide if this is an area they wish to pursue ahead of choosing their S3 subjects for the following year.”

This year, pupils were asked to build individual wind turbines from k’nex, to generate energy and they then tested the output of the turbine and took readings of the volt meter.

Heather Sim, North East Scotland College said: “The students were assessed on their ability to read and understand verbal and written instructions, follow diagrams and their behaviour.”

Other academies taking part in the challenge are Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Ellon, Banff, Turriff and Meldrum.