Donside young scientists

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A group of budding young scientists from Westhill Academy took part in a snowsports taster session as a reward for their hard work.

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 aimed to engage the next generation of students in science communication.

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

As part of the prize, the group took part in a session at Aberdeen Snowsports Centre, which included skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

Sarah Chew, TechFest Managing Director, said: “I would like to thank the Aberdeen Snowsports Centre for its generous support, the youngsters had great fun trying out the different sports.

“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.”

Through a programme of STEM activities, the aim is to engage, challenge, inform and inspire Aberdeenshire’s young people.