Maritime Developments back young engineers

Maritime Developments (MDL),

Friday, 28th June 2013, 3:55 pm
Back row, from L-R: Jordan Kearney, Marie Cartner (technical teacher at Peterhead Academy) , Jamie Buchan, Ian Buchan, Ben Mackintosh, Liam Pirie, Nathan Anderson, Gareth Davies (engineering lecturer at Banff and Buchan College), Hannah Banks, George Mackintosh (operations director at MDL) and Martin Kennett (technical teacher at Peterhead Academy) Front row, from L-R: Luke Duthie, Nathan Robertson, Jacob Banks and Lee Mackintosh

a leading provider of back-deck equipment for the subsea sector of the oil and gas industry, is backing budding engineers at a Peterhead school.

MDL has agreed to support Peterhead Academy’s Young Engineers, an after-school club run by teacher Martin Kennett and also Gareth Davies, lecturer in engineering, technology and renewables at Banff and Buchan College.

Pupils of the club – named The Blue Toon Rockets – meet after school every Tuesday to discover more about engineering. It is made up of 12 pupils aged between 12 and 16-years old. They have been working on the design and build of an electric car for Greenpower – an event which attracted around 650 pupils from schools across Scotland.

Peterhead Academy finished 5th out of 22 secondary schools taking part in the Formula 24 challenge.

They were also awarded the Best Presented Team honour at the event held at the Grampian Transport Museum in Alford in recognition of their organisation and teamwork on the day.

MDL has supported the Rockets by providing a financial donation and branded overalls for the team.

George Mackintosh, operations director at MDL, said: “Maritime Developments is delighted to support young people with an interest in engineering and finding out how things work. The pupils have been very committed and the car they built was extremely impressive.”

Martin Kennett, technical teacher at Peterhead Academy, said: “We’ve all been delighted by the support from Maritime Developments and our other sponsors. This is has been an exciting project for the school and we hope can continue to encourage pupils to look at design, engineering and manufacturing as a career.”