Rescue mission for winning pupils in engineering contest

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School pupils who excelled at an engineering competition held by Banff and Buchan College and Schlumberger were rewarded for their success with a day’s training on the college’s fast rescue craft at Peterhead.

The winning pupils - Edward Tucker and Kimberlee Thomson from Mintlaw Academy, Matthew Goodyear and Kirsten Glen from Ellon Academy and Amy Innes from Banff Academy were kitted out in sea survival suits and lifejackets to join college staff on the fast rescue craft from Peterhead Marina to the harbour.

The pupils then joined the crew of Peterhead lifeboat where they watched an exercise and received a tour of the lifeboat.

John Buchan, curriculum leader for nautical courses at the college, said: “The pupils have had a great day out. We are very grateful to the Lifeboat crew for taking the time to speak to the pupils, which has just added to the whole experience.”

This unique competition engages more than 1,200 S2 pupils from Banff, Fraserburgh, Meldrum, Ellon, Mintlaw, Peterhead and Turriff academies.

It introduces the pupils to the skills relevant for a career in engineering, with this year’s competition involving the students building a propeller racing car from a kit.

The students were assessed on their ability to read and understand the instructions and how they worked as a team. The winners then competed against each other by building a working motor to find a winning boy and girl who would then represent their academy for the final competition.

This then gave them the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes, including Ipads, Ipad touches and Ipods, all courtesy of Schlumberger UK.