Ellon teams to compete in TechFest event

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STUDENTS at Ellon Academy are set to compete in a special project designed to encourage maths, science and engineering skills.

The two teams are to embark on a project which involves them solving an oil industry challenge as an extracurricular school activity.

TechFest’s STEM In The Pipeline scheme was launched at Aberdeen University last week, with an introductory day for the pupils and energy industry professionals, who will act as mentors. It is supported by BP, Chevron, E.ON Exploration & Production, ConocoPhillips and the University of Aberdeen.

The event attracted so much attention at Ellon Academy that the school will be submitting two teams instead of the usual one.

Principle teacher of maths at Ellon Academy is Mr Ritchie, who helps organise the event.

He told the Times: “We had seven pupils apply to take part, but the maximum on a team is six, so we will be entering two teams instead.

“It’s a great event, and the two teams will be very competitive.”

Team Black Gold includes Alex Shaw, Martin Hill, Clark McMenemy and Sam Pottinger, while ‘Petro Pioneering includes Jack Radford, James Jorro and Maksym Makarov.

TechFest co-ordinator Lesley Weston said: “The STEM in the Pipeline project is a great way for secondary school pupils to put all of their knowledge and skills into practice to solve a problem which is relevant to the oil and gas industry.

“Along with the support of mentors and academics, the students will come together in small teams and each spend more than 40 extracurricular hours working on their project, which they will then present to the judges in December.

“Year on year the students excel.”