Pride of Buchan award for Mintlaw young engineers

The ROV team receiving their Pride of Buchan award.
The ROV team receiving their Pride of Buchan award.

Mintlaw Academy Young Engineers who are Seattle-bound in June, are the latest recipients of the coveted Pride of Buchan Award.

At an awards ceremony held in the school last week, councillors Norman Smith, Stuart Pratt and Lenny Pirie attended and listened to a presentation about the project from the five young engineers - Douglas Leel, Liam Forbes, KieranYule, David Finnie and Gareth Swinney, all aged 16.

The award was given in recognition of their achievement and dedication towards the ROV MATE competition.

The boys presentation highlighted the key the challenges they had faced the demonstrated the skills they had learned throughout the last eight months.

Based on the subsea tasks involved with measuring and collection of data on the sea bed the young engineers have designed, built and fly a small ROV to compete in the regional heat in RGU, Aberdeen.

The boys were brought to the attention of the Buchan Area Committee and it was agreed to recognise their achievement.

Councillor Norman Smith said: “When the council members heard what the boys had done we were really impressed with their hard work and dedication.

“This is a wonderful achievement and we wish them the best of luck in the Seattle where they represent the Buchan Area’

Team member and Electrical engineer on the project Douglas Leel added: “This project has opened my eyes to the world of Engineering and ROVs and this is the field of engineering I would like to go into after school.”

The boys head off to Seattle with teacher Ali Hynd on June 18 to represent Scotland in the ROV MATE world final it is the first time the school have entered the competition.

Mitnlaw Academy head teacher, Alan Horberry, said of their achievement: “As a school we are extremely proud of the boys and I’m pleased their hard work has been recognised by the Area Committee.”

Stuart Pratt closed the ceremony by stating: “On behalf of the Area Committee we wish the boys the best of luck in Seattle and look forward to hearing how you fare in the competition’