STEM celebration attracts 65 young people from across Shetland

11 school teams and 65 young people gathered at Shetland Museum and Archives on Thursday 20 September to take part in the 2018 Shetland Celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).  The Celebration was organised by SCDI’s Young Engineers & Science Clubs (YESC) programme and sponsored by TOTAL E&P UK Ltd.

The event provided young people with an opportunity to share their passion and enthusiasm for STEM, showcase their projects, and compete in a variety of challenges set by local organisations.

6 schools – Aith Primary, Burravoe Primary, Cunningsburgh Primary, Hamnavoe Priamry, Urafirth Primary and Whiteness Primary – took part in the event with 6 organisations providing STEM Challenges.  These were:

  • Aberdeen Science Centre
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • NAFC Marine Centre
  • North Link Ferries
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Viking Energy

Senior pupils from Anderson High School were also at the event, delivering hands-on science activities in biology, chemistry and physics.

At the event of the event, trophies and prizes were awarded to Whiteness Primary for ‘Shetland Club of the Year’ and Cunningsburgh Primary for ‘STEM Challenge Winners’.

Melanie Riddell, YESC programme manager,  said:

“In recent years, Total has supported STEM engagement by providing all Shetland schools with our hands-on oil and gas experiment resource kit, Hydrocarbons in Action; as well as providing visits to the Shetland Gas Plant. It is fantastic to expand upon this by inviting the primary schools to the event and providing them with an insight into the different career paths available in the STEM industry. Thanks to fantastic local support, it’s was an inspiring day for the young people.”

Andrew Murdoch, Senior Process Engineer at TEPUK, was a judge at the event and delivered a talk to the young people. He explained why supporting these initiatives was so important to Total:

“It is fantastic to see Shetland primary schools explore science using the Total sponsored experiment kits Hydrocarbons in Action.  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 oil and gas company operating in Shetland we are committed to supporting the local community with particular focus on providing new learning opportunities for school children.”