Brechin pupils are budding scientists

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Months of hard work by budding young scientists from Brechin High School came to an end when they presented their projects at a new science communication event.

Sponsored by Statoil, the ‘Heroes of Tomorrow’ event featured students from S1-S6 giving short presentations to their families and peers on a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) topic they are passionate about.

The event, which aims to engage the next generation of students in science communication, took place at the University of Aberdeen.

The youngsters were allowed to choose any STEM subjects, from CREST Awards projects to STEM inspired hobbies or interests and some of the topics to be presented include DNA, space and time travel, geothermal energy and oil and gas.

The students taking part from Brechin High School were S2 pupils, Alex Pringle and Cameron Bell, and Ailean Swan from S6.

Sarah Chew, TechFest Managing Director, said: “Statoil’s Heroes of Tomorrow programme is closely aligned with TechFest’s aim to engage young people in the four main STEM subjects. Statoil’s aim is to encourage them to go on to follow a career which utilises these skills by demonstrating that they are fun as well as relevant in day to day life.

“All the participants gave great presentations in what was a fun-filled evening covering a variety of fantastic topics.”

Gunnar Breivik, managing director for Statoil Production U.K. Limited said: “It is very important to Statoil, and to the wider oil and gas industry, that we attract the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“Through the TechFest Heroes of Tomorrow event, we’re pleased to support these talented young people from Aberdeen and the north east. We hope this experience will encourage them to build on their passion and knowledge of STEM subjects and 
strive for future success in this area.”

Through a programme of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities – of which TechFest In September is the main event – the aim is to engage, challenge, inform and inspire young people and encourage them to choose a career which utilises these skills.

Statoil supports the development of young talent through its Heroes of Tomorrow sponsorship programme which is designed to inspire talented individuals to strive for future success in sport, culture and education.