It was all systems go for the network of Young Engineering and Science Clubs (YECS) in the north-east on November 25.
From showcasing entries to the Greenpower Challenge and how they got on in the ROV (remotely operated vehicle) Mate contest earlier this year to working on Goblin cars and “Rampaging Chariots” and, in one case, showing off a model village complete with circuits for street lighting and traffic lights, this was a brilliant opportunity for tomorrow’s budding technologists and engineers.
More than anything else, the gathering in Peterhead was a celebration of the many excellent projects and activities that the clubs are now engaged in. It is proof positive that engineering and science can captivate young minds.
Club members had a good opportunity to communicate with each other and share best practice. It was also a chance to test their mettle in three-minute technology/engineering challenges set by industry and for the youngsters to undertake and get some hands-on experience and fun.
In all, eight companies were involved in setting the hands-on technology challenges – BP, Shell, Total, OPITO, Bristow Helicopters, Lloyd’s Register, Score Group and RGU. Host for the day was Score, with BP and Shell providing sponsorship underpinnings.
School clubs taking part were: The Alford Rocket Club/Alford Academy; Bankhead Academy; Banff Academy; Clerkhill Primary; Bridge of Don Academy; Dyce Academy; Peterhead Academy; Hazlehead Primary, and Banchory Primary.
According to the Scottish Council Development & Industry (SCDI), the YECS network is expanding in the northeast of Scotland. Moreover, the Peterhead showcase is seen by SCDI as setting the mould for further showcases throughout Scotland.
The business body consulted with many of the clubs/schools and sought their views on the format and purpose before pressing ahead.
While youngsters were at the heart of the day, the showcase also offered an excellent opportunity for industry to better understand what is happening in schools and to explain to the participating young people what opportunities there are in industry for those interested in perhaps pursuing a technology-based career.
To find out more about the YECS network, contact Jane Martin, Young Engineers & Science Clubs Scotland, SCDI, Campsie House, 17 Park Circus Place, Glasgow, G3 6AH; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org