Pupils celebrate science and engineering

Peterhead Academy pupils with their project at the Young Engineers and Science Clubs North East Celebration
Peterhead Academy pupils with their project at the Young Engineers and Science Clubs North East Celebration

Pupils from Peterhead and Mintlaw academies got stuck in to science and engaged in engineering at a Celebration of Engineering and Science recently.

The atmosphere was electric at the Celebration on Friday, March 27, run by Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) - a project of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) - and partnered by Shell U.K. Limited and BP.

The Buchan pupils were joined by 14 other schools including Clerkhill Primary.

Local companies, teachers and schools enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their work, compete for exciting prizes and take part in fun, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenges.

Shell, BP, Lloyd’s Register, Chevron, Total and Ace Winches and were among the nine companies attending the event at Shell’s Woodbank House to inform young people of the wide range of careers in STEM.

The coveted Primary and Secondary Regional Club of the Year titles, which saw winning clubs Clerkhill Primary and Keith Grammar receive £250 each, were awarded by William Lindsay, Project Manager, Peterhead CCS Project, Shell U.K. Limited and Wendy Slimane, Community Affairs and Events Manager, BP.

Jane Martin, Programme Director of Young Engineers and Science Clubs said: “One of the main objectives of YESC is to spark pupils’ interest in science, helping them to question the world around them, and ultimately provide the world with the next generation of explorers, scientists and engineers.”

Paul Goodfellow, Upstream Director UK & Ireland said: “Today’s event highlights not only the enormous amount of talented young engineers and scientists in the area, but the enthusiasm and excitement they have for the subjects.

“Shell’s work in partnership with the SCDI Young Engineers and Science Clubs plays a critical role in providing resources to schools across Scotland that will ensure a new generation will continue Scotland’s legacy of innovation in science and engineering industries.”

YESC supports more than 90 schools in Aberdeen City and Shire with grants and resources to help nurture Scotland’s next generation of scientists and engineers.

The Clubs are supported locally by Shell U.K. Limited and BP as well as many private and public sector partners.