North-east pupils meet challenge of germ-drawing

Meldrum Academy pupil Andrea Ward who was third in the S4 and S5 category.

Meldrum Academy pupil Andrea Ward who was third in the S4 and S5 category.

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A specialist medical unit challenged pupils in Aberdeen city and shire to draw a germ.

More than 600 youngsters from primary and secondary schools entered the competition devised by Aberdeen University’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Immunity, Infection and Inflamation.

The contest was aimed at raising awareness of the human body’s response to infection.

Six winning entries will be used to design a new logo for the department.

The winners were: S4 and S5 - 1st Natalie Campbell, Bucksburn Academy; 2nd Gemma Stables, Mintlaw Academy; 3rd Andrea Evans, Meldrum Academy.

P5 and P7 - 1st Fraser Davidson, Kintore School; 2nd Abbi Bennett, Kintore School; 3rd Georgina Stewart, Mile End School.

Dr Isabel Crane, from the University’s Institute of Medical Sciences said: “We were delighted to not only receive such a high number of entries in the competition but also with the calibre of submissions that showed imagination and understanding of germs and microbes.”

The winning entries were on show at the prize-giving ceremony, which was held last Thursday, and pupils were also given a short tour of the Institute of Medical Sciences building to learn more about the research being conducted.

All the winners were awarded a cash prize and certificate.