Budding young engineers from Kemnay Primary School were amongst 100 youngsters from 16 local schools on Friday (March 27) at a Celebration of Engineering and Science.
There was an electric atmosphere at Shell’s Woodbank House where the Celebration took place. The event was run by Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) - a project of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) - and partnered by Shell U.K. Limited and BP.
Local companies, teachers and schools enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their work, compete for exciting prizes and take part in fun, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenges.
Shell, BP, Lloyd’s Register, Chevron, Total and Ace Winches and were among the nine companies attending the event to inform young people of the wide range of careers in STEM.
Unfortunately Kemnay’s young engineers missed out on the coveted Primary Regional Club title that was won by Clerkhill Primary. Keith Grammar won Secondary Regional Club of the Year,. Each club received £250 each, awarded by William Lindsay, Project Manager, Peterhead CCS Project, Shell U.K. Limited and Wendy Slimane, Community Affairs and Events Manager, BP.
Jane Martin, Programme Director of Young Engineers and Science Clubs said: “One of the main objectives of YESC is to spark pupils’ interest in science, helping them to question the world around them, and ultimately provide the world with the next generation of explorers, scientists and engineers. Today the children get to celebrate their achievements.”
Shell is a long-term partner of YESC. Paul Goodfellow, Upstream Director UK & Ireland said: “Today’s event highlights not only the enormous amount of talented young engineers and scientists in the area, but the enthusiasm and excitement they have for the subjects. Shell’s work in partnership with the SCDI Young Engineers and Science Clubs plays a critical role in providing resources to schools across Scotland that will ensure a new generation will continue Scotland’s legacy of innovation in science and engineering industries. Congratulations are due to the participating students and teachers for their obvious hard work on these great projects.”
YESC supports more than 90 schools in Aberdeen City and Shire with grants and resources to help nurture Scotland’s next generation of scientists.