Young engineers seeking training materials

Budding engineers at Websster’s High School in Kirriemuir are seeking help to keep their skills up to scratch.

The school’s award-winning engineering club is looking for contributions of old toys, particularly electronic ones, that will help them to develop their interest in the subject.

Technical teacher Jim Wilton said: “I run a small but successful engineering club and I am looking for toys, in particular electronic such as Scalextric cars and remote control vehicles, as well as Meccano.

“I believe there is a lot of learning in being able to take to bits something and having a look inside. We call it reverse engineering.

“The club won the SCDI’s Best Young Engineers Club Scotland last session; I am now trying to build on that success.

“By using the old toys I can get the pupils to disassemble and build their own.

“If there is anyone who would be willing to donate, if they want to hand the toys in to the school office then they would be gratefully received.”

They schools engineering club came out top earlier this year when it was awarded the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Secondary Club of the Year 2014 from Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC), a programme run by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).

The award was made at the Celebration of Engineering and Science at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh and the club’s achieved its win against other members of the Young Engineers and Science Clubs network. This consists of more than 900 clubs across Scotland, from Orkney to Dumfries, with a membership of more than 18,000 school children.

According to the judges, the school won due to its “particular prowess in bringing the subject alive in the classroom in a challenging but fun way”.