3 June 2024 | yesc

Orkney schools join forces to compete for STEM challenge prizes

Pupils from schools across Orkney joined forces to showcase their innovation and learning from their involvement in Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC).

Around 80 young people gathered at King Street Halls to exhibit their projects and compete for competition prizes. Industry volunteers and partners provided challenges which gave the young people an insight of the different career paths available through studying Science Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Schools received a free STEM Resource kit to take part in the Power Path project which is inspired by the green energy exploration in Orkney. It involved teams building marble runs to represent subsea cables transferring electricity from sustainable sources.

The event was delivered through funding from SSEN Transmission and Orbital Marine Power.

Vickie Leonard, Teacher, Stenness Community School, highlighted: “The opportunity to attend the Celebration event is so valuable to our learners. Coming from a tiny school, the opportunity to be in a room with others and see what various schools have been doing was fantastic. The rooms were buzzing with STEM chatter all day long! The various businesses that came along with hands on activities for the children to try were brilliant.”

Thomas Wild, Head of YESC said: “The projects, in partnership with our industry funders, inspire pupils and help them develop valuable skills and knowledge whilst encouraging uptake in STEM subjects and careers.  The celebration event is a culmination of the project and gives an opportunity where young people can showcase their innovation and hard work whilst learning more about different career and education pathways.”

Andrew Scott, CEO, Orbital Marine Power, commented “As a pioneering engineering company, Orbital believes passionately in helping motivate and inspire future generations to follow careers in STEM, which is why we are really excited and honoured to be supporting and participating in this event and wider initiative.”

Jeni Herbert, Community Liaison Manager at SSEN Transmission, added: “As we approach the construction phase of the Orkney to Caithness Link Project, SSEN Transmission is thrilled to support the delivery of YESC’s Orkney Celebration of STEM Event for the second consecutive year. We are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to attend and engage with the young people, inspiring them with the diverse possibilities that STEM fields offer to them.”

Prize winners:

  • Regional Club of the Year Winner: Stenness Community School
  • Regional Club of the Year Runner-up: Hope Community School
  • STEM Challenge Winner: Shapinsay Primary
  • STEM Challenge Runner-up: Dounby Community School
  • Power Path Winner: Stenness Community School

Stenness Primary School

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