Academy pupils in technology challenge

Fraserburgh David Clark Rector with the four finalists.
Fraserburgh David Clark Rector with the four finalists.

Locals pupils have this year competed in a competition at the former Banff and Buchan College campus in Fraserburgh.

Taking part, pupils at Fraserburgh Academy competed in a local heat of the prestigious S2 Technology Schools Challenge run by North East Scotland College and industry partners.

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.

This year the competition asks pupils to build individual wind turbines from K’nex, to generate energy. The pupils were asked to test the output of the turbine and take readings of the volt meter. The students were assessed on their ability to read and understand verbal and written instructions, follow diagrams and on their behaviour on the day. First place went to Ethan Bain and Morvan Hollick whilst Aiden Bowie and Rebecca Watt came a close second.

Stevie Wilson, Curriculum Leader Mechanical Engineering at Fraserburgh Campus said: “This is a key time for these pupils who are required to make S3 subject choices this year.

“The competition provides 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.”

Ethan and Morvan will now go forward to the grand final of the S2 Technology Challenge Final which will take place at Fraserburgh Campus in May when they will compete against the top students from six other local academies.