Girls’ annual Energy Conference

The winning team: At the end of the day members voted for the winning team who were the pink team debating on 'Removing and re-inject down a newly drilled waste disposal well'. They had a well thought out and balanced presentation and a strong negotiator.
The winning team: At the end of the day members voted for the winning team who were the pink team debating on 'Removing and re-inject down a newly drilled waste disposal well'. They had a well thought out and balanced presentation and a strong negotiator.

Girls from Meldrum Academy visited Shell for the third annual ‘Girls Energy’ conference recently as part of Banff and Buchan College’s ‘Girls Energy’ Programme.

The programme exists to provide training to encourage more women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.

This theme for this year’s conference was the Brent Decommissioning Cell Management Debate. Students from various schools were divided into groups, each team representing a specific viewpoint on the decommissioning. Time was spent discussing the topic from respective angles followed by a presentation of their findings to the wider group with the help of Audio Visual technology. Each team then selected a student to act as a negotiator - the aim was to work together across team boundaries to find a solution that was acceptable to all parties.

Assistant Principal at the College David Cook said: “This assignment was set to encourage team building, discussion, research, presentation and negotiation skills, along with the added challenge of putting forward a point of view that was not necessarily the student’s own.”