Top engineering prize for school

The team from Fraserbrugh Academy with Councillor Charles Buchan
The team from Fraserbrugh Academy with Councillor Charles Buchan

A Broch school has won a regional competition that encouraged them to create an innovative solution to technology problems.

Fraserbrugh Academy took part in EDT’s Go4SET challenge; where budding scientists and engineers from secondary schools across Aberdeen City and Shire are tasked creating innovative ideas for eco classrooms and new finance technology.

As part of the 10 week project, the pupils devised a way to digitally transfer electronic money.

The 10 weeks included outbound visits, expert presentations, practical modelling and desk research, before having their work assessed by a panel.

Fraserbrugh Academy team beat nine others.

Councillor Charles Buchan was at the event supporting the school.

He said: “I really commend the team, and their leader, maths teacher Gillian Matthewson, for their superb achievment in winning the Go4SET competition, open to all in Moray, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

“They were mentored in the project by Grampian Housing Partnership.

“Their work, done in their own time over many weeks, plainly impressed the judges.

“It was really thrilling to have been present when the Fraserburgh Academy team was pronounced overall winner, and this shows the quality of schooling in Fraserbrugh.

“This qulaity was echoed by the excellent inspection result the academy obtained last week.”

Fraserburgh Academy teacher, Gillian Mathewson said: “The pupils from Fraserburgh Academy showed a great deal of interest in the challnege.

“They worked extremely hard, were very well organised in their planning and approach, showing self-motivation and dedication throughout the project.”

As the wining team, Fraserbrugh Academy pupils will now go on to compete in the Soctland final in June.