Mintlaw pupils take to stage at TechFest event

Chris Andrews, UK Vice President, Asset Management, at Statoil with Mintlaw pupils Joanne Macdonald, Stephanie Buchan, Erin Kindness and Sarah Chew, managing director of TechFest
Chris Andrews, UK Vice President, Asset Management, at Statoil with Mintlaw pupils Joanne Macdonald, Stephanie Buchan, Erin Kindness and Sarah Chew, managing director of TechFest

Talented pupils from Mintlaw Academy presented science and technology projects at the third Heroes of Tomorrow event last week.

The event, held on Wednesday, June 15, saw students give short presentations to their families, peers and industry professionals on a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) topic they are passionate about.

The event aimed to engage the next generation of students in science communication and encourage them to follow a career in one of the STEM areas.

Joanne Macdonald, Stephanie Buchan and Erin Kindness from Mintlaw Academy discussed their project for the MATE ROV challenge, which saw them building and testing an ROV and qualifying for the competition’s international finals in Houston.

Sarah Chew, TechFest’s managing director, believes the future is very bright with the quality of presentations she has seen since the inaugural event in 2015.

“The Statoil Heroes of Tomorrow event showcases just a flavour of talent we have growing up around us and gives them the opportunity to present to an audience on a subject they feel strongly about,” she said.

“These school pupils are our future, from engineers and scientists to doctors and teachers, and it is inspiring to see them using their own time to deliver intelligent and thought-provoking presentations.

“Statoil’s Heroes of Tomorrow programme is closely aligned with TechFest’s aim to engage young people in the four main STEM subjects and encourage them to go on to follow a career which utilises these skills by demonstrating that they are fun as well as relevant in day-to-day life.”

Chris Andrews, UK Vice President, Asset Management, for Statoil, added: “We are very pleased to have hosted this event in partnership with TechFest.

“Our Heroes of Tomorrow concept is all about supporting and inspiring young people to develop their interest in science and maths.

“This event goes a step further and sees them participate in a hands-on way, which is another core value of Statoil’s. It’s very motivating to see such promise in these young scientists here today.”