Academy teams go head to head

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Pupils at a Donside school won first place at the TechFest-SetPoint, ‘STEM In The Pipeline’ competition.

Westhill Academy came out on top against thirteen other schools including Banchory Academy, who finished a close second.

The pupils had been working since August on a challenging oil and gas industry project which tested their knowledge in a whole range of subjects. Using a series of contour maps and realistic data, the enthusiastic teams were tasked to estimate the size of an oil field and then propose and justify a method of production that would optimise the resources.

Along the way they consulted with a group of young industry professionals.

STEM In The Pipeline was designed by TechFest-SetPoint with industry professionals and has run since 2006.

After a weather-related delay in December, the pupils finally gathered at Strathcona House, Rowett Institute, last Friday to display and present their work to a panel of senior oil and gas industry professionals.

Having followed the teams progress since August Vivien Ellins, organiser from TechFest-SetPoint said: “STEM In The Pipeline has given the pupils a superb practical context for the subjects they learn at school.

“By consulting with young industry professionals they have also learnt about different courses of study and careers in the oil and gas and energy sectors”

Special praise was given to the top-two schools for the amount of effort both put into the closely fought competition.

The Westhill Academy team was praised for their very good, detailed Field Development Plan which went over and above the requirements in all sections – Subsurface, Production and Processing.

Following their presentation the Westhill pupils answered questions demonstrating the depth of their understanding.

The Banchory team, consisting of Cameron Bruce, Robin Scott, Elliott Harvie, Nicol Beattie, Martin Judt and Finlay Lobban impressed the assessors with their excellent report. Their presentation displayed enthusiasm, knowledge and understanding which took the team into second place.