Ellon Academy pupils recently competed in a local heat of the S2 Technology Schools Challenge run by North East Scotland College and industry partners.
Winners James Blackadder and Aisla Westmacott are through to the grand final at Fraserburgh Campus in May.
Paul Sherrington, the college’s depute principal, said, “This competition aims to introduce engineering in an accessible and fun format whilst strengthening relationships between industry and education.
“Pupils have the opportunity to learn a little more about the energy sector and decide if this is an area they wish to pursue ahead of choosing their S3 subjects for the following year.”
Pupils had to build individual wind turbines from k’nex, to generate energy and were asked to test the output of the turbine and take readings.
Duncan Abernethy, the college’s head of business and community development, added, “The students were assessed on their ability to read and understand verbal and written instructions, follow diagrams and on their behaviour on the day. Congratulations to James Blackadder and Aisla Westmacott and to Matthew Rennie and Becky Duncan, who were awarded second place.”
Also taking part are Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Mintlaw, Banff, Turriff and Oldmeldrum academies.