Mearns Primary & Monifieth High School both scoop top Science & Engineering Prizes at SCDI YESC Celebration of STEM 2017!

More than 300 pupils from 50 schools from all over Scotland, from as far afield as Benbecula and Peebles, got stuck into science and engaged in engineering at SCDI's annual Celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) on Friday 9 June 2017.

The atmosphere was electric at the Celebration, which was delivered by Young Engineers & Science Clubs (YESC) - a project of SCDI - in the fitting surroundings of Glasgow Science Centre. The main Event Partners were Chevron, Lloyd's Register, OPITO and the Royal Navy; with event support also from Institute of Physics, Young Enterprise and Caledonian MacBrayne.

Teams of budding engineers and scientists enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their hard work, experiments and projects to an expert panel of judges. They also got the chance to compete for exciting prizes and take part in fun, hands-on against-the-clock STEM Challenges set by industry partners, including Anglian Water Business, BAE Systems Naval Ships, BP, BT Scotland, Chevron North Sea Ltd, City of Glasgow College, ECITB, Institution of Civil Engineers, Lloyd's Register EMEA, Merck, Morrison Construction, NXP, OPITO, Rolls Royce, the Royal Navy, ScottishPower, Thales and Wood Group. A 'Construct A Crane' Challenge was set by EnerMech.

Mearns Primary's Science Club from East Renfrewshire showcased a range of science experiments including chemical reactions, chromatography, hydrogels and states of matter. Monifieth High School's Young Engineers Club from Angus showcased a range of engineering projects including F1 in Schools, Robotics and IET Faraday Challenge. The Judges were so impressed that they respectively awarded the top prizes of Primary Club of the Year 2017 and Secondary Club of the Year 2017 to the schools, which both received a trophy and £500 for STEM resources for their school. 


Their Awards were presented by Mark Bevan, Chief Executive of SCDI, who commented:
"Scotland has a long history of innovation in science and engineering which has lit up and transported people and ideas across the globe, making us safer, healthier and better connected. When people worry about the economy of the future I argue that they can feel very comfortable because our young people have shown us that today's school pupils will deliver a brilliant future for us all. Congratulations are due to Mearns Primary and Monifieth High for their pupils' obvious hard work on these great projects."

YESC currently supports more than 1400 schools across Scotland with exciting STEM-related projects.

The full list of YESC Celebration of STEM 2017 Winners were:

  • STEM Challenge Winner (Primary) - Doonfoot Primary (South Ayrshire)
  • STEM Challenge Winner (Secondary) - High School of Dundee (Dundee)
  • YESC Newcomer Winner - St.Andrews High School (North Lanarkshire)
  • 'I'm an Engineer, I Can Help Here!' Winner - Todholm Primary (Renfrewshire)
  • Construct A Crane Winner (Primary) - Benarty Primary (Fife)
  • Construct A Crane Winner (Secondary) - Stewarton Academy (East Ayrshire)
  • YESC Club of the Year 2017 (Primary) - Mearns Primary (East Renfrewshire)
  • YESC Club of the Year 2017 (Secondary) - Monifieth High School (Angus)


Since 1987, SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) has pioneered the Young Engineers & Science Clubs programme, which is now in over 1400 schools across Scotland, involving over 30,000 young people each year. The aim of the YESC programme is to engage and excite young people about science, engineering and technology by encouraging them to exercise their creative, problem-solving, team-working and innovative skills through exciting, hands-on projects. Find out more at and follow @scdiYESC

To find out about how to get involved with inspiring the next generation of Engineers and Scientists, please contact Jane Martin, YESC Programme Director, SCDI.