Local MP attends S2 Technology Challenge

The challenges involved engineering and teamwork skills.
The challenges involved engineering and teamwork skills.

Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP attended the finale of the S2 Technology Challenge last Friday at North East Scotland College, Fraserburgh.

Seven local academies were competing for the coveted award, pitching representative teams against each other, comprising of “the best of the best” engineering brains from each school.

First place was awarded to Mintlaw Academy, with the runner-up prize being presented to Ellon.

Delivered in partnership with ACE Winches, Schlumberger, Score, Technip and Shell the final of the S2 Technology challenge Competition follows local heats at each academy where pupils compete in various engineering challenges. The top boy and girl from each school then go forward to the final. The teams competed in seven different challenges, all based around skills for Engineering. The challenges covered communication, pneumatics, measuring, survival safety and tool assembly.

Harrison Mutch and Shannon Wood from Mintlaw Academy were delighted to be crowned overall winners of the competition - each receiving a mini iPad. James Blackadder and Aisla Westmacott,meanwhile, from Ellon Academy were runners up – each receiving an iPod Touch. The balance of the finalists each received an ipod shuffle.

Dr Whiteford presented the prizes and said, “My congratulations to all the finalists – it is a big achievement for you to be selected as ambassadors for your schools. You have the opportunity to learn sought-after skills at a state-of-the-art facility that lies right on our doorstep. I hope that you go away from today’s competition inspired, and ready to aim high – because a career in engineering is one that can really take you places.”

Depute Principal, Paul Sherrington added, “I personally would like to thank the staff from all the participating Academies, the lecturing team and our sponsors for their on-going support which allows an event like this to run across the years.

“This competition is an example of how schools, further education and industry are working in collaboration in the North East of Scotland. 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.”

The S2 Technology Challenge has been running for over ten years and is aimed to raise awareness of the skills shortages in the energy industry and encourage young people interested in a career in engineering.