A day of competition at the YESC Regional Celebration of STEM

60 young people from both primary and secondary schools across Highland and Moray gathered at Scottish School of Forestry to take part in SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) Regional Celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in partnership with Confor, Crown Estate Scotland, The Scottish Forestry Trust and The Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Award.

The day featured schools showcasing their science and engineering projects and contending for competition prizes. Scottish School of Forestry UHI Inverness kindly hosted the event and provided the young people with an interactive tour to learn more about the varied careers available within the sector.

The event included a primary and secondary STEM competition, with industry volunteers and partners each providing a five-minute, hands-on challenge focusing on teamwork and problem solving. The challenge doubles up as an opportunity to provide the young people with an insight into the different career paths available in the STEM industry.

The primary school STEM Challenge winner was Avoch Primary. The secondary school STEM Challenge winner was Elgin High School.
Schools presented a wide range of their STEM projects to a team of judges to win the ‘Club of the Year’ titles (primary and secondary) along with trophies for their Climate Smarter project models. The 2022 Club of the Year titles were awarded to Kyleakin Primary and Charleston Academy. Muirtown Primary and Culloden Academy scooped the Climate Smarter top prize.

Primary STEM Challenge Winner – Avoch Primary
Secondary STEM Challenge Winner – Elgin High School
Climate Smarter Primary Winner – Muirtown Primary
Climate Smarter Secondary Winner – Culloden Academy
Primary Regional Club of the Year Winner – Kyleakin Primary
Secondary Regional Club of the Year Winner – Charleston Academy

Eleanor O’Neill, Communication Manager, Confor said of the event: “Confor is proud to support the Young Engineers and Science Clubs as our ever-changing world calls for more young people to take an interest in STEM subjects.
“It was fantastic to attend the event at the Scottish School of Forestry and see what the primary and secondary pupils have been working on. The attention to real world problems and creativity in finding solutions was very impressive.
“All of the participating schools should be very proud, and we look forward to seeing more from them in the future.”