STEM celebration set to attract 300 young people from across Scotland

Over 50 school clubs and 300 young people will gather at Glasgow Science Centre tomorrow (Friday 8th June) to take part in the 2018 national Celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).  The Celebration is organised by SCDI’s Young Engineers & Science Clubs (YESC) programme and sponsored by Chevron, Lloyds Register EMEA and OPITO.

Young people will be involved in a variety of challenges and competitions over the day and the ‘Club of the Year’ titles (primary and secondary) and ‘Newcomer Award’ – for the most impressive club in its first year – will be announced by guest judge, Dr Heather Reid OBE.

The YESC programme marks its 30th anniversary this year and Dr Claire Motion, senior systems engineer at Leonardo, and former YESC member, will be the guest speaker at the Celebration.  Claire will share her experience and career path to-date and explain the vital role the YESC programme played in her journey to success.

Claire says:

“I was lucky enough to attend the Celebration of STEM events as a school pupil which really helped me make up my mind that I wanted to be an engineer. They were such fantastic days meeting lots of other pupils from across Scotland and sharing what we had been working on. I really enjoyed going taking part in the 3-minute challenges; having to solve interesting, real problems in small teams was really exciting and they’ve proven to be useful skills as an engineer! I’m delighted to be back as a judge this year and can’t wait to see the innovation and creativity from the teams. It’s fantastic to see the programme celebrating 30 years and I’m very proud to have been part of that.”

Rebecca MacLennan, YESC programme director, explains more about the day:

“We have three competitions taking place this Friday.  The first, our STEM Challenge, will see 20 organisations provide a three-minute, hands-on STEM challenge for attendees to complete.  The challenges double up as an opportunity to provide an insight into the different career paths available in the STEM industry.

“We’ve also got the final of ‘Don’t Waste a Drop’, our 2017-2018 national STEM challenge which is supported by national water retailer, Wave.  22 schools will be showcasing their design and competing to see which pump and pipeline can transfer the most water without wasting a drop.

“Our last competition is the Knots to Watts challenge, which is jointly supported by Vattenfall, Crown Estate Scotland and the Institute of Physics in Scotland (IOPS). 13 schools will be competing for first prize after researching offshore wind technologies and building a floating wind turbine which generates electricity.”