Pupils from Mackie Academy’s Young Engineers Club have been showcasing their newly-honed engineering skills to Network Rail.
Chief executive, Mark Carne, made a visit to the school last Thursday, January 15, as he prepared to deliver a keynote address at the 11th Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) Annual Lecture at the Ardoe House Hotel & Spa.
Mackie Academy was awarded the 2014 North East Young Engineers and Science Club of the Year award at the event by Mr Carne, with four of the club’s pupils on hand to collect the prize.
Mackie Academy is one of 1100 Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) throughout Scotland. YESC is a primary and secondary school Science, Techonology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education programme run by SCDI. The project has played a key role, inspiring young people towards STEM careers since 1987 with more than 22,000 primary and secondary school children attending the clubs from Orkney to Dumfries.
Mackie Academy’s club was awarded their prize in recognition of the range of projects they have undertaken, which include a flood warning project, an ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) and 3D Printing. The club is led by Blair Paton, principal teacher, Faculty of Technologies.
Matthew Robertson, a member of the Mackie Academy club, said: “Mr Carne’s visit to the school was fantastic and we were delighted to pick up our award from him later that evening. It was great to hear about his engineering background and the day to day challenges that the rail network faces.
“He was very complimentary about our work and encouraged us to keep involved and to think about our future career options in the engineering sector.”
Mr Carne added: “Producing highly-skilled and highly-motivated engineers and scientists is vital to the future success of not only the rail industry, but the country’s economy as a whole.
“The pupils at Mackie Academy have shown a clear passion and talent for their subject and they thoroughly deserve to be recognised as the North East Young Engineers and Science Club of the Year.”