Academy pupils take top spot at national event

Pictured are team members Adam Dease and Fraser Steele.
Pictured are team members Adam Dease and Fraser Steele.

Forfar Academy’s young engineers are celebrating after coming out top at an event in Dundee involving pupils from across Scotland.

More than 100 young people from 17 schools got stuck in to science and engaged in engineering at a Celebration of Engineering and Science in the Dundee Science Centre.

The event was 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.

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

The Forfar pupils from the Angus Young Engineers landed the title of Secondary Regional Club of the Year, winning £250 for their engineering club which they received from David Burgess, Plant Installation Manager Fife NGL, Gas Plant, Shell U.K. Limited.

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.”

Shell is a long-term partner of YESC and Mr Burges said the company recognises the value in encouraging the next generation.

He said: “Ensuring a full pipeline of future engineers and scientists is not only important for Shell but also for the growth and development of the UK’s economy.

“Through exciting and informative initiatives on STEM subjects like those provided by the SCDI Young Engineers and Scientists Club, we can show students the many and varied career opportunities available within science and engineering.

“The event highlights not only the enormous amount of talented young engineers and scientists in the area, but the enthusiasm and excitement they have for STEM subjects.”

YESC supports more than 170 schools in Fife, Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Angus 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 as well as many private and public sector partners.

The prize is the latest accolade for the school’s Design Technology Department, which runs the club. The department also won national recognition when it took the Learning and Technologies Award at last year’s Scottish Education Awards.