Pupils success at Challenge

Cole Robertson and Lauren Thomson from Ellon Academy came second in the Technology Challenge
Cole Robertson and Lauren Thomson from Ellon Academy came second in the Technology Challenge

Two Ellon Academy pupils have come second in the final of North East Scotland Colleges’ Schools Technology Challenge.

Sponsored by Score Group and Shell UK, each school selected the top boy and girl from knock out heats who pitched their brains against each other across eight engineering related challenges.

The winning dream team gaining the most points was Ellis Andrews and Jaimee Bain from Fraserburgh Academy while Cole Robertson and Lauren Thomson from Ellon Academy came a close second.

The Schools Technology Challenge, is in its 13th year and aims to encourage young people to consider engineering as a potential career option through engaging with over 1,300 second year pupils in a fun and accessible way.

The other participating schools were Banff, The Gordon Schools Huntly, Meldrum, Mintlaw, Peterhead and Turriff.

The competition is an example of how schools, further education and industry are working in collaboration in the North East of Scotland.

Rob Wallen, Principal of NESCol presented prizes to all the finalists and the 2016 shield to the winners.

He said: “The enthusiasm of the competitors was clear and it is great to see so many young people with an interest in and obvious abilities in science and technology. The work of staff across so many local schools in supporting the participants is very much appreciated.”

Head of Business and Community Development, Duncan Abernethy offered a special thanks to sponsors Shell UK and Score Group for their support.