Fraserburgh Academy pupils engineer their future at college

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Pupils at Fraserburgh Academy competed in the local heat of the prestigious S2 Technology Challenge Schools Competition.

The event was created nine years ago to mark the exciting partnership between Banff and Buchan College and engineering companies within the Aberdeenshire area.

This competition is aimed at building closer links between students pursuing technical qualifications and potential employers.

It involved the students building an offshore drilling rig from Meccano, which they then connected to solar panels to make it lift drilling pipes.

The students were assessed on their ability to read and understand verbal and written instructions, follow diagrams and on their behaviour on the day.

Stevie Wilson, curriculum leader, said: “This is a key time for these pupils. They are required to make S3 subject choices during this year, so it is great that this competition has given them an insight into engineering and energy.

“There continues to be a high demand for quality engineers within this sector providing exciting career opportunities for girls and boys”.

First place went to Rhys Buchan and Emily Duthie. Matthew Goodbrand and Chelsea Tait came a close second. Rhys and Emily will now go forward to the grand final of the S2 Technology Challenge competition which will take place at the college in May.

They will compete against the top students from 6 other local academies. The 7 academies competing in the competition are Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Mintlaw, Ellon, Banff, Turriff and Oldmeldrum.