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Engineering skills put to test in schools challenge


By Kyle Ritchie


The Schools Technology Challenge, delivered by North East Scotland College (NESCol) saw both Banff Academy and Turriff Academy participate.

The north final took place at NESCol’s Fraserburgh campus and the title was claimed by The Gordon Schools Huntly represented by Hunter Allan and Scout Knight.

It saw eight schools compete with Thomas Stevenson and Lucy Forrest representing Banff and Keiran Walker and Chloe Greig taking part for Turriff.

Schools from across Aberdeenshire took part in the technology challenge.
Schools from across Aberdeenshire took part in the technology challenge.

The challenge, sponsored by Shell, is now in its 16th year and has this year engaged with more than 2000 school pupils across the region.

It also expanded to Aberdeen schools with its area final taking part at the Altens campus.

Duncan Abernethy, director of business development at NESCol said: “The support from Shell has allowed the college to offer and deliver this challenge to schools based in the city as well as Aberdeenshire.

"The aim is to encourage young people to consider engineering as a potential career option through engaging with pupils in a fun and accessible way.

“This is an example of how schools, the college and industry continue to work effectively and collaboratively together for the good of the young people living and learning in the north-east of Scotland.”

Each school held knockout heats and selected the top boy and girl to pitch their brains against other participating school teams across engineering-related challenges.

The winners each received an iPad plus the challenge shield while the runners up each received a Fitbit Charge 3. The remaining participants were all presented with Fitbits.

Steve Morrice, Shell St Fergus plant manager said: “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are subjects at the very heart of Shell.

"Our industry needs talented people with relevant knowledge and skills in these areas.

"Shell aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in STEM through programmes like the Schools Technology Challenge.”



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