Westhill pupils win oil and gas challenge

BP Stem in The Pipeline 2012..(Picture by Michal Wachucik/Newsline Scotland)
BP Stem in The Pipeline 2012..(Picture by Michal Wachucik/Newsline Scotland)

After months of hard work a team of sixth year pupils from Westhill Academy has triumphed in the annual TechFest STEM in the Pipeline challenge

STEM in the Pipeline began in August, when 16 teams of senior pupils were set an oil field challenge which tested their skills in physics, maths, chemistry and geology.

All the hard work came to an end this week when they presented the findings of the oil and gas project to industry professionals.

W.A.S.P., the winning team from Westhill Academy, was made up of Chris Middleton, Euan Shepherd, Niall MacDonald, Ciorstaidh Nicol, Paolo Celeste and Andrew Gale.

The team was mentored by Mathew Howard of ConocoPhilips and the judges praised the team’s “excellent report and presentation”.

The winning team said: “We are really glad to have won the top prize and have found this project to be an invaluable experience and one we are really grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in.”

There was also a second team taking part from Westhill Academy as well as teams from Aboyne, Alford and Banchory academies.

Teams were tasked to work together and take part in a series of challenges to produce a Field Development Plan for the fictional STEM oil field.

The teams submitted a report to TechFest and at the final event at BP’s headquarters in Dyce each group gave a presentation to a panel of assessors.