Pupils from Sgoil Dhalabroig in South Uist and Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen triumphed in the finals of an event in Glasgow organised to encourage more young people into Science, Technology, Engineering, or Maths (STEM) related careers.
Organised by the Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC), a project of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), over 300 young people from 50 schools across the length and breadth of Scotland descended on the Glasgow Science Centre for the annual ‘Celebration of STEM’ event on Friday 8th June.
YESC joined forces with leading national water retailer, Wave, to create SCDI’s 2018 STEM Challenge, ‘Don’t Waste a Drop’. The challenge was launched in January by Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution.
This exciting event, a competition for primary and secondary schools (see Notes to Editors for participating schools), was one of a number of challenges taking place throughout the day. It saw kits distributed to schools throughout Scotland and teams tasked with designing and building a pump and pipeline that can transfer water without wasting a drop.
Sgoil Dhalbroig were successful in winning the primary school challenge while Robert Gordon’s College from Aberdeen triumphed in the secondary school challenge.
The YESC programme marks its 30th anniversary this year and Dr Claire Motion, senior systems engineer at Leonardo, and former YESC member, was the guest speaker at this year’s Celebration. Claire shared her experience and career path to-date and explain the vital role the YESC programme played in her journey to success.
Wave was one of 22 industry partners that attended the event in Glasgow to inform young people on the wide range of careers open to those with a background in STEM.
Tony March, Public Sector Manager from Wave, said:
“Congratulations to the pupils from Sgoil Dhalabroig and Robert Gordon’s College on triumphing in our water related STEM challenge. This event has been a great opportunity to show these talented young people the wide variety of careers open to those with STEM qualifications and get them excited about their future job prospects.
“We’re proud to have supported this challenge and to highlight not only the difficulties faced by water suppliers in keeping water flowing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but also to inspire the next generation of STEM recruits, highlighting the variety of careers open to those with STEM qualifications.
“Particularly within the water industry, we are continually looking for people with a STEM background as it is these people who are integral in our day-to-day operations. This is why Wave is committed to working with partners such as SCDI to help inform young people of the many different STEM career paths they can follow.”
Rebecca MacLennan, YESC’s Programme Director, said:
“We were delighted to be working on this project in partnership with Wave. Water leakage is an important issue for households, businesses and the environment. The theme of water conservation provides a topical context for pupils in schools across Scotland to develop their interest in science and engineering. Throughout the challenge they have developed valuable skills for learning, life and work while gaining a fantastic insight into the diverse range of career opportunities within Wave and the sector.”