A day of competition at the YESC Regional Celebration of STEM

On 1st June 2022 50 young people from primary and secondary schools across Orkney gathered at King Street Halls to participate in Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s (SCDI) Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) Regional Celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). The event was hosted in partnership with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited and The Royal Academy of Engineering.

The day featured three competitions as teams showcased their projects and competed for prizes.

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

The primary school STEM Challenge winner was Papdale Primary. The secondary school STEM Challenge winner was Sanday Junior High.

Teams also took part in an exciting Hydrogen Car building challenge, Westray Junior High – Team 2 and Stronsay Junior High teams scooped the top prize.

Schools presented a wide range of their STEM projects to win the ‘Club of the Year’ titles (primary and secondary). Our judges spoke to the young people as they presented their display. The 2022 Club of the Year titles were awarded to Shapinsay Community School – Team 2 (P1-4) and Westray Junior High.

Primary STEM Challenge Winner – Papdale Primary
Secondary STEM Challenge Winner – Sanday Junior High
Hydrogen Car Challenge Primary Winner – Westray Junior High – Team 2
Hydrogen Car Challenge Secondary Winner – Stronsay Junior High
Primary Regional Club of the Year Winner – Shapinsay Community School – Team 2 (P1-4)
Secondary Regional Club of the Year Winner – Westray Junior High

Doug Mackay, Project Manager at Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited said:
“This successful event provided local school pupils a simple insight into the generation of hydrogen from electricity and how to use this cleaner energy source to power a small hydrogen car. Representatives from Repsol Sinopec’s Aberdeen Office and Flotta Terminal were on hand to support each group as they completed the experiment and test each car’s performance. Flotta Terminal Manager Ian Tulloch also spoke to the pupils about working at Flotta and the terminal’s future plans, including the Flotta Hydrogen Hub, a proposed green hydrogen production and export facility on the island. We look forward to welcoming the winning schools on the visit to the terminal.”