Hard work pays off

Mackie team
Mackie team

The recent snow, sleet and rain storms did not deter 14 North East school teams from completing and delivering their TechFest-SetPoint, ‘STEM In The Pipeline’ projects on time.

The 17 year olds have been working since August on a challenging oil and gas industry project which tested their knowledge in a whole range of subjects. Using a series of contour maps and realistic data, the enthusiastic teams were tasked to estimate the size of an oil field and then propose and justify a method of production that would optimise the resources. Along the way they consulted with a group of young industry professionals.

After a weather-related delay in December the pupils finally gathered, at the Rowett Institute, to display and present their work to a panel of senior oil and gas industry professionals.

Having followed the teams progress since August Vivien Ellins, organiser from TechFest-SetPoint said “STEM In The Pipeline has given the pupils a superb practical context for the subjects they learn at school. By consulting with young industry professionals they have also learnt about different courses of study and careers in the oil and gas and energy sectors.”

The results of the competition were; 1 Westhill Academy, 2 Banchory Academy, 3 Fraserburgh Academy. Winners of the Innovation Award were The Gordon Schools.