An all-girl team of S3 pupils from Alness Academy on the Cromarty Firth have been crowned UK Young Engineers Club of the Year 2012.
The award follows the group winning the Scottish Science and Engineering Club of the Year 2011.
Emma Roddick, Josie Tolliday, Holly Henderson, Cassie Armstrong, Kayleigh Macdonald and Meg Beattie faced stiff competition from both public and private schools from across the whole of the UK.
However, the girls were not daunted and their enthusiasm, confidence and communication skills clearly shone through as their project to design earthquake proof structures took the top prize at the biggest science and engineering event in Britain – the Big Bang Fair.
Their designs included infrastructure, power generation, housing, communication and water purification.
Head teacher Ken MacIver said: “To win such a prestigious award is a tribute not only to the team and the staff at our school but also to the wider community who have given support and encouragement.
“It is a very proud moment for us at Alness Academy and highlights all the good work that has been done over the years to ensure young people can learn about science and engineering in a creative way.”