Mearns Primary wins top prize at SCDI’s annual STEM celebration

“Mearns Primary (East Renfrewshire) receiving their YESC Award from Mark Bevan, Chief Executive, SCDI and Dr Heather Reid OBE.”

Mearns Primary (East Renfrewshire) receiving their Award from Mark Bevan, Chief Executive, SCDI and Dr Heather Reid OBE.

More than 300 pupils and 50 schools, from as far away as the Outer Hebrides, took part in SCDI’s annual Celebration of STEM on the 9th of June.

The event was held at Glasgow Science Centre and was run by Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) – a project of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI). Partnering with the event were Chevron, Lloyd’s Register, OPITO and the Royal Navy.

Teams of budding engineers and scientists enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their hard work, experiments and projects to an expert panel of judges. Pupils also got the chance to compete for prizes and take part in hands-on STEM Challenges set by companies, including Rolls-Royce, ScottishPower, BT Scotland and the Insitution of Civil Engineers.

The top prize went to Mearns Primary’s Science Club who wowed the judges with a range of science experiments including chemical reactions, chromatography, hydrogels and states of matter. Second prize went to Monifieth High School in Angus.

The Award was presented by Mark Bevan, Chief Executive of SCDI, who commented: “Scotland has a long history of innovation in science and engineering which has lit up and transported people and ideas across the globe, making us safer, healthier and better connected. When people worry about the economy of the future I argue that they can feel very comfortable because our young people have shown us that today’s school pupils will deliver a brilliant future for us all. Congratulations are due to Mearns Primary for their pupils’ obvious hard work on these great projects.”

YESC supports more than 1400 schools across Scotland.