Broch school solves oil industry problem

Pupils from a Fraserburgh school are taking part in an oil & gas programme demonstrating practical applications for skills learned in education.

Fraserburgh Academy will be joining schools from across the North-east in this year’s STEM in the Pipeline.

Ran by TechFest, a charity organisation which aims to inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, have organised the event which will be hosted at the University of Aberdeen.

The schoolchildren will be set an oil field challenge, using their skills in physics, maths, chemistry and geology.

It launched on August 28th, with pupils working towards a solution before the final event in December.

The launch served as an introductory day for the pupils and energy industry professionals, who will act as mentors.

Friday’s introduction also saw the classes attend five hands-on workshops in geology, drilling and reservoir, finance, processing and project management and started working together in their newly formed teams.

The kids will work with their mentors to gain a “valuable insight into the careers in engineering and the oil & gas industry”.

Molly Imrie, TechFest Outreach Coordinator, expressed how valuable the lessons could be for young people.

“The project is a great way for school pupils to put all their knowledge and skills into practice to solve a problem which is relevant to the oil & gas industry,” she said.

“Year on year the students excel in this project and always demonstrate very high levels of passion, intelligence and ingenuity,” she added.

Those who take part in STEM are eligible for the Silver CREST award.