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Schools from across the region gather for STEM celebration

March 2018 Young people from schools across the region will gather at BP’s Aberdeen headquarters to take part in the Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) annual Highlands & Islands Celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, today.

Over 100 young people, from 16 schools, will come together to showcase their innovative STEM projects and learn about the exciting STEM industry in the region – and the range of careers available – through a series of interactive challenges set by our partners.

Clubs will compete for the coveted titles of Primary and Secondary Highlands & Islands Club of the Year, with prizes of £200 for STEM resources for the school up for grabs.

Over lunchtime, the national Space Academy will deliver an interactive presentation about rocket fuels, including a ‘woosh bottle’ activity to demonstrate the workings of a rocket motor!

Melanie Riddell, Programme Manager of Young Engineers and Science Clubs, said: “I’m so impressed by the range and quality of the showcases, which highlights the pupils’ dedication to developing critical knowledge and skills that will support them through school and into working life.

“We’re delighted that the celebration is supported by so many companies who have given up their time to highlight the diverse STEM industry and career paths that exist in the Highlands and Islands.”

As part of ‘Don’t Waste a Drop’, this year’s YESC national STEM challenge, participating regional primary and secondary clubs will also present their model pump and pipeline and put it to the test to transfer water without wasting a drop! The competition will be judged by this year’s STEM challenge partner, national water retailer Wave, who will decide the primary and secondary Highlands & Islands winners.

Tony March, Head of Public Sector at Wave, said: “We have been extremely impressed with both the number and very high quality of entries from schools to the ‘Don’t Waste a Drop’ challenge.

“As a company we’re proud to support this challenge and to highlight not only the difficulties faced by water suppliers in keeping water flowing around the clock, but also to inspire the next generation of STEM recruits. There are a wide variety of careers open to those with STEM qualifications and this challenge is a great opportunity to get young people excited about their future job prospects.

“This is exactly the types of project that can encourage young people to take an interest in STEM subjects, helping us ensure our future workforce is well-equipped and supported to address the needs of society both today and in the future.”

The Highlands and Islands annual celebration event is run in partnership with IMechE, Tulloch Homes Ltd, Nigg Skills Academy, LifeScan Scotland, Marine Harvest Scotland, SGL Carbon Fibre, Breedon Group, Denchi Power, Royal Bank of Scotland, Highlands and Islands Airport Ltd, SIMEC Lochaber Power, Institution of Civil Engineers and CalMac.