Top spot for Broch pupils

Winners Ellis Andrews, Abbie-Jo Eijou and runners-up Jaimee  Bain and Robert Ironside.
Winners Ellis Andrews, Abbie-Jo Eijou and runners-up Jaimee Bain and Robert Ironside.

Pupils at Fraserburgh 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 challenged to build electrical circuits. First place was awarded to Ellis Andrews and Abbie-Jo Tijou and the runners-up were Robert Ironside and Jamiee Bain.

The competition is open to all second year pupils within participating academies and aims to introduce engineering in an accessible and fun format whilst strengthening relationships between industry and education.

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

“The competition provides the students with 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.”

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

Ellis and Abbie-Jo will now go forward to the grand final of the Technology Challenge Final which will be held at the College’s 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, Peterhead, Mintlaw, Ellon, Banff, Turriff, The Gordon Schools Huntly and Meldrum.