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A day of competition at YESC’s North-East Regional Celebration of STEM

Young people from both primary and secondary schools across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire gathered at Aberdeen Science Centre to take part in SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) Regional Celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in partnership with BP and SHELL U.K. Limited.

The event included a primary and secondary STEM competition, with industry volunteers and partners each providing a five-minute, hands-on challenge focusing on teamwork and problem solving. The challenge doubles up as an opportunity to provide the young people with an insight into the different career paths available in the STEM industry.

The primary school STEM Challenge winner was Danestone Primary School, Aberdeen. The secondary school STEM Challenge winner was Old Machar Academy, Aberdeen.

Schools also showcased their entries into our Climate Smarter and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project. Schools all received resource kits and training. For the ‘Climate Smarter’ project students undertook a series of experiments around energy sources, sustainable water use, sustainable materials, energy storage and ‘smart’ technologies. They combined these into fantastic tabletop models of their future schools. Climate Smarter is a Scotland wide project with 150 schools taking part. Support for this project comes from Shell Uk Ltd, Crown Estate Scotland, Confor, Scottish Forestry Trust, Wood and HCI. The regional Climate Smarter Winner was Clerkhill Primary.

The ‘Carbon Capture and Storage’ project took the students on a learning journey through the exciting world of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The project covers a variety of different aspects of CCS, including experiments from how to design and build a carbon dioxide storage facility to investigating carbon dioxide storage and transport and the role CCS plays in the wider global energy challenge. The Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Primary regional winner was Clerkhill Primary.

Schools presented a wide range of their STEM projects to win the ‘Regional Club of the Year’ titles (primary and secondary). The 2023 Regional Club of the Year titles were awarded to:

  • Clerkhill Primary, Aberdeenshire and Old Machar Academy, Aberdeen.
  • Primary STEM Challenge Winner Danestone Primary School, Aberdeen
  • Secondary STEM Challenge Winner Old Machar Academy, Aberdeen
  • Climate Smarter Winner Clerkhill Primary, Aberdeenshire
  • Climate Smarter Runner-up Newtonhill School, Aberdeenshire
  • Carbon Capture & Storage Winner Clerkhill Primary, Aberdeenshire
  • Carbon Capture & Storage Runner-up St Machar Academy, Aberdeen
  • Primary Regional Club of the Year Winner Clerkhill Primary, Aberdeenshire
  • Secondary Regional Club of the Year Winner Old Machar Academy, Aberdeen

Head of YESC, Thomas Wild stated: “What a fantastic event we had! It was truly amazing to see young people meet and be inspired by industry leaders, while showcasing and celebrating an amazing range of science. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from both pupils and teachers alike. It is clear that there is a strong desire for more opportunities like this outside of the classroom. These events are crucial for bridging the STEM skills gap and encouraging underrepresented audiences to pursue careers in STEM. We are extremely grateful to our event partners, BP and Shell, as well as the volunteers from our other partners for their invaluable support.”

Aberdeen , Scotland, Thursday, 9 March 2023
Picture by Michal Wachucik/Abermedia