13 March 2020 | yesc

A day of competition at the YESC Regional Celebration of STEM

Around 80 young people from both primary and secondary schools gathered at Dundee Science Centre to take part in SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) Regional Celebration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in partnership with SHELL U.K. Limited.

The day featured 3 competitions as teams showcased their projects and battled it out for the competition prizes.

The event included a primary and secondary STEM competition, with SHELL U.K. Limited, Highlands & Islands Airport Ltd (HIAL), the Royal Air Force Specialist Engagement Team, Aberdeen Science Centre and Dundee and Angus College- each providing a three-minute, hands-on challenge.  The challenge doubles up as an opportunity to provide the young people with an insight into the different career paths available in the STEM industry.

The primary school STEM Challenge winner was Canmore Primary, Fife.  The secondary school STEM Challenge winner was Monifieth High School, Angus

The event also hosted the regional heat of ‘Charge!’, our 2020 national STEM challenge supported by Scottish Power.  Teams explored gears and energy storage to build an electric lorry to transport as much cargo as possible without running out of power between charging stations. Canmore Primary, Fife and Kinross High School, Perth & Kinross produced the winning designs.

Schools also showcased their projects to win the ‘Club of the Year’ titles (primary and secondary).  The 2020 Club of the Year titles were awarded to Dunbarney Primary School, Perth & Kinross and Carnoustie High School (Team 2), Angus.


Teresa Waddington, Gas Plant Manager – Shell Fife NGL, said:

“We are pleased to be working with the SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs. Engineers and scientists have revolutionised our world and their skills are also essential to meeting the world’s energy demand while reducing carbon emissions.

“To sustain innovation and growth, the UK needs to double the number of people becoming engineers, and Shell has a wide range of projects and initiatives aimed at supporting this. Our partnership with SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs underlines our commitment to engaging young people and adults in science education and inspiring them to use STEM in their chosen careers.”


Thomas Wild, YESC Programme Manager, SCDI, said

The main purpose of YESC is to inspire and enthuse young people about science and engineering through engaging them in practical and exciting challenges.  Crucial partnerships with companies like SHELL U.K. Limited allow us to Bring STEM to life. Our Celebration of STEM events are a fantastic opportunity to showcase their projects, celebrate their achievements and let them see first-hand the many exciting and rewarding opportunities available within a STEM career”


SCDI Press Contact: Thomas Wild, Mobile: 07860-881875

 Further information:

Notes to Editors:

  • Winners photos attached. More photos available here
  • The following 9 schools took part in the event:

Burnside Primary School, Angus

Canmore Primary School, Fife

Carnoustie High School – Team 1, Angus

Carnoustie High School – Team 2, Angus

Dunbarney Primary School, Perth & Kinross

Forgandenny Primary School – Team 1, Perth and Kinross

Forgandenny Primary School – Team 2, Perth and Kinross

Kinross High School, Perth and Kinross

St Dominic’s RCPS, Perth and Kinross

Monifieth High School , Angus

Hayshead PS, Angus

  • The organisations providing STEM Challenges were:

Aberdeen Science Centre

Dundee & Angus College

Highlands and Island Airports

Institute of Physics in Scotland

Royal Air Force

SHELL U.K. Limited

Young Engineers and Science Clubs

  • The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) is Scotland’s Economic and Social Forum. It is an independent membership network representing a cross-section of the private, public and social economy sectors in Scotland with an aim of influencing the agenda to ensure long-term sustainable economic growth and flourishing communities everywhere in Scotland.
  • SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs programme has played a leading role in growing interest and sparking enthusiasm in STEM subjects for over 30 years. There are now more than 1,500 primary and secondary schools in our network throughout Scotland’s 32 local authority areas, engaged in a variety of both curriculum linked and extra-curricular projects.

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