Mintlaw Academy pupils take top spots

Mintlaw students have taken top spot in the recent technology challenge.
Mintlaw students have taken top spot in the recent technology challenge.

Pupils at Mintlaw Academy recently competed in a local heat of the prestigious Technology Schools Challenge run by North East Scotland College (NESCol) and sponsored by Score Group plc and Shell UK.

This year pupils were given the innovative challenge to build electrical circuits for the event.

First place was awarded to Ross Grieve and Charlotte Firth and the runners up were Caillen McLean and Erin Duncan.

The competition is open to all second year pupils within participating academies.

It aims to introduce engineering in an accessible and fun format while strengthening relationships between industry and education.

Commenting on the event, Duncan Abernethy, Head of Business and Community Development at NESCol said: “We are delighted to be able to run this challenge once again.

“This is a key time for S2 pupils who are required to make subject choices this year.

“The competition provides the students with an insight into Engineering and Energy so they are then able to decide if this is an area that they wish to pursue.

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

The students were assessed on their ability to read and understand verbal and written instructions, follow diagrams and on their behaviour on the day. Ross and Charlotte will now go forward to the grand final of the Technology Challenge Final.

This will be held at the Colleges Fraserburgh campus in June.

They will then compete against the top students from seven other local academies.

The eight schools competing in the competition are Fraserburgh Academy, Peterhead Academy, Mintlaw Academy, Ellon Academy, Banff Academy, Turriff Academy, The Gordon Schools Huntly and Meldrum Academy.