Coaltown of Balgonie pupils crack the STEM challenge

The winners (L-R) James Wright, Ella Woodburn, Reece Gourlay (teacher) Neil Ritchie and  Kieron West
The winners (L-R) James Wright, Ella Woodburn, Reece Gourlay (teacher) Neil Ritchie and Kieron West

Coaltown of Balgonie Primary School scooped a top award at the Celebration of Engineering and Science event at Dundee Science Centre.

The school won the coveted Regional Primary Club of the Year at the event organised by Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) – a project of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) – and partnered by Shell U.K. Limited.

Local companies, teachers and schools had the opportunity to showcase project work, compete for exciting prizes and take part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenges set by local companies.

Shell U.K. Limited, Selex ES, OPITO, Michelin, NCR and the James Hutton Institute were among the nine companies attending the event to inform young people of the wide range of STEM career opportunites.

Jane Martin, programme director of Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC), said: “We’re delighted to see such an enthusiastic crowd representing the region.

“As YESC continues to grow, we aim to continue inspiring young people to study STEM subjects and empower them to pursue a wide range of careers.”

YESC supports more than 200 schools in Fife, Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Angus with grants and resources to help nurture Scotland’s next generation of scientists and engineers. The Clubs are supported locally by Shell U.K. Limited as well as many private and public sector partners.

John Raine, from Shell UK, said: “The need to encourage and support the next generation of engineers and scientists is a key priority.”