A day of competition at the YESC Regional Celebration of STEM

55 young people from both primary and secondary schools across Shetland gathered at Shetland Museum & Archives to take part in SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) Regional Celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in partnership with TotalEnergies E&P UK Limited and The Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Award.

The day featured 3 competitions as teams showcased their projects and contended for the competition prizes.

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 Sandness Primary. The secondary school STEM Challenge winner was Mid Yell Junior High School Team 1.

The event also hosted the regional heat of Construct a crane. Teams received a free kit of resources to design and build a working model crane. Ollaberry Primary and Mid Yell Junior High School Team 1 created the winning designs.

Schools presented a wide range of their STEM projects to win the ‘Club of the Year’ titles. Our judges spoke to the young people as they presented their display.

The 2022 Club of the Year titles were jointly awarded to North Roe Primary and Whiteness Primary.
Primary STEM Challenge Winner – Sandness Primary
Secondary STEM Challenge Winner – Mid Yell Junior High Team 1
Construct a Crane Primary Winner – Ollaberry Primary
Construct a Crane Secondary Winner – Mid Yell Junior High School Team 1
Primary Regional Club of the Year Winners – North Roe Primary and Whiteness Primary

Alison Pitts from event partners, TotalEnergies E&P UK Limited said of the event:
“It is fantastic to see Shetland primary schools explore science through these projects. Working in partnership with Young Engineers and Science Clubs helps strengthen the important message that studying STEM subjects can be a rewarding, exciting and fun part of the school curriculum. As an international energy company operating in Shetland we are committed to supporting the local community with a focus on providing new learning opportunities for school children whose ideas and innovations will drive our industry and our world forward in the future”.