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INGENUITY:  Above, Mearns Academy award winners Lindsay Scott, Cameron Eeles and Oliver Neill

INGENUITY: Above, Mearns Academy award winners Lindsay Scott, Cameron Eeles and Oliver Neill

Organisers ‘blown away’ by young talent

Elaine Maslin, 3rd December 2012

The ingenuity of the next generation of engineers shone out at this year’s annual Young Engineers Clubs showcase in Aberdeen.

More than 70 pupils from 12 schools across the city and shire joined forces to put their STEM skills to the test in the annual SCDI-organised event, held this year at Shell’s Woodbank facility.

It also saw them put on show and share the engineering projects they have been working on and undertake a series of challenges – including designing and testing an eco-ferry.

The event comes as more and more schools are forming Young Engineers Clubs – there are now 650 clubs across Scotland, with 160 of those having joined Young Engineers Clubs Scotland since August.

Jane Martin, regional co-ordinator for YECS said: “We have all been blown away with the projects we have seen – the ingenuity, team work and problem solving skills the children have displayed have been outstanding.

One of the main points of the event is to show the diversity of engineering jobs that are available.”

Winning the eco-ferry challenge was Johnshaven Academy. This task was to build a model boat and see how fast they could transfer a load of cargo across a pool of water.

Tullynessle Primary School followed them in second place with Hill of Banchory Primary school being given a special commendation for building their boat on the day.

Winning the STEM Challenge awards was Mearns Academy for the secondary schools and Hill of Banchory for the primary category.

Club of the year went to Clerkhill Primary school and Alford Academy in the secondary category.

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