Out of ten north-east schools, Aberdeen Grammar School students won first place at TechFest’s STEM in the Pipeline challenge by developing the ‘ideal development plan’ for a fictional oil field.
The competition was sponsored by energy heavyweights, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and the Oil and Gas Authority. It also received additional support from the Energy Institute and the University of Aberdeen.
The winning team, Reservoir Dogs, snagged the top prize, while Poseidon Tech from Robert Gordon’s College was awarded second place. Robert Gordon’s College also picked up an additional award for project management. Swift Incorporated from Fraserburgh Academy scooped two further prizes with pupil Georgina Morrison given the project manager award.
Westhill Academy’s Team Nesco was awarded the maximising economic recovery accolade, with judges saying their economic analysis was extremely robust and forward thinking. Zenet from St Margaret’s School for Girls won the innovation award.
All participating pupils will also be eligible for the Silver CREST Award, Britain’s national award scheme for work in the STEM subjects.
Pupil Andrew Barlow, project manager for the Aberdeen Grammar team, said: “This competition has really given me an insight into the scale of production and the beginnings of surveying an oil reservoir to completing and developing a project.
“I’ve also been able to see the maths, chemistry and physics involved in the process and how they combine in relevance to a job.”
Ariel Flores, BP North Sea regional president, said: “The future for companies like BP is highly dependent on young talent who have a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and maths. That’s why BP consistently supports STEM-related educational activities like the STEM in the Pipeline competition.
“As always, the standard of entries has been extremely high with many of the projects as close to real life as you can get. Many congratulations to all the young people involved for showing such great creativity and ingenuity.”