A day of competition at regional celebration of STEM

Young people from schools across Tayside gathered at the University of Dundee last Thursday (19 April) to take part in the Young Engineers and Science Clubs’ (YESC) annual Regional Celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The day featured three competitions and a mix of nine primary and secondary schools showcased their projects and battled it out for the prizes. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) also ran a My World of Work drop in activity throughout the day.

The event was sponsored by Shell U.K. Limited who, along with other YESC partners – GX Consultancy, Anglian Water Business, Royal Navy and Aberdeen Science Centre – provided a three-minute, hands-on STEM challenge. The challenges doubled up as an opportunity to provide attendees with an insight into the different career paths available in the STEM industry.

The STEM Challenge winner was St Patrick’s Primary. Monifieth High School was high commended.

As part of ‘Don’t Waste a Drop’, YESC’s national STEM Challenge for 2018, 200 kits were distributed to schools throughout Scotland and teams tasked with designing and building a pump and pipeline that can transfer water without wasting a drop. Participating clubs from Tayside presented their model pump and pipeline and put it to the test, vying for a cash prize to be used for STEM resources.

Benarty Primary won the regional Don’t Waste a Drop challenge with St. Leonards School highly commended.

The coveted Regional Club of the Year title was announced at the end of the day, with the winning school scooping a prize of £200 for STEM resources.

Canmore Primary was announced as 2017/2018 Regional Club of the Year. Kirkton of Largo was highly commended.

Shannon Ouellette, onshore asset manager, from event partner Shell U.K. Limited, commented on the day: “The event highlighted not only the enormous amount of talented young engineers and scientists in the area, but the enthusiasm and excitement they have for the subjects.

“Shell’s work in partnership with the SCDI Young Engineers and Science Clubs plays a critical role in providing resources to schools across Scotland that will ensure a new generation will continue Scotland’s legacy of innovation in science and engineering industries. Congratulations are due to the participating pupils and teachers for their obvious hard work on these great projects.”

Rebecca MacLennan, YESC programme director, added: “We were so impressed by the range and quality of the showcases, which highlights the pupils’ dedication to developing critical knowledge and skills that will support them through school and into working life.

“We’re delighted that the celebration is supported by Shell U.K Limited. Their continued support and commitment to highlighting the diverse STEM industry and career paths that exist in the region is inspiring.”