Monifieth High win at science awards


More than 100 young people from 17 local schools have got stuck into science and engaged in engineering.

At a Celebration of Engineering & Science on March 3, run by Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) - a project of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) - and partnered by Shell UK Limited, the atmosphere was electric, in the fitting location of Dundee Science Centre.

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 set by industry partners.

Shell, brightsolid, Michelin, BT Scotland, Royal Navy, and The University of Dundee were among nine organisations attending the event at Dundee Science Centre to inform young people of the wide range of careers in STEM.

The coveted Primary and Secondary Regional Club of the Year titles, which saw winning clubs Benarty Primary, Lochgelly and Monifieth High, Angus received £250 each, were awarded by David Burgess, plant installation manager Fife NGL, Gas Plant, Shell UK Limited.

Jane Martin, programme director of Young Engineers & Science Clubs, said: “The main purpose of YESC is to spark pupils’ interest in science and engineering through engaging them in practical and exciting challenges.

‘‘It’s fantastic to see the broad range of projects they’ve been working on and celebrate their achievements. Our aim is to inspire the next generation of explorers, scientists and engineers.”

Shell is a long-term partner of YESC.

David Burgess, said: “The 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 the country’s legacy of innovation in science and engineering industries.

‘‘Congratulations are due to the participating pupils and teachers for their obvious hard work on these great projects.”

YESC supports more than 200 schools in Fife, Dundee, Perth/Kinross and Angus with grants and resources to help nurture Scotland’s next generation of scientists and engineers. The programme is supported locally by Shell UK Limited, as well as many private and public sector partners.