Pride of Buchan award for pupils

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A team of six Mintlaw Academy pupils have been given a Pride of Buchan award for their success in a national ROV competition.

The team, who go by name of Subsea Technical Services, won the competition in March making it the third time Mintlaw Academy has emerged victorious.

The pupils gave a presentation to councillors from the Buchan Area Committee and team sponsors before accepting their award from committee chair and local councillor Stuart Pratt.

Cllr Pratt said: “It is an amazing achievement for a local academy to be involved in such a competition and for winning the European leg of it just shows the expertise of the staff and the hard work and effort put in by the pupils.”

The group have been supported along the way by their technical teacher Ali Hynd.

Commenting on the Pride of Buchan award win, he said: “It’s an honour to win it and it’s the second time we have received it.

“To be recognised like this is greatly appreciated.”

The Scottish leg of the ROV challenge was held at the Robert Gordon University.

The RGU event is one of 24 regional heats held around the world by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Centre in California.

The Mintlaw team will travel to compete in this year’s international final which will be held at the NASA Johnson Space Centre’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, June 21.

The Mintlaw team emerged victorious, after a panel of industry experts scored the teams on how well they completed the missions, as well as taking into consideration the technical reports, poster displays, and engineering presentations the pupils were required to produce.

Robert Gordon’s College placed second in the competition, with Banff Academy in third, while Keith Grammar School took the technical prize.

This year the Mintlaw team are being sponsored by BP, SUBSEA UK, Hydr Group, Sandford fishing and Trojan Crates, and mentored by Neil Stagg of BP.

The competition wouldn’t operate without the financial support from the sponsors.

Robert Gordon University provide the organisation and venue for the competition and the trip to Houston.

ROVOP and the Underwater Centre, Fort William also sponsor part of the competition.