Media release: Mearns Primary scoops top science prize at Glasgow Science Centre

YESC (SCDI) - Celebration of STEM 2017 - Mearns Primary - Primary Club of the Year Award presentation

THE atmosphere was electric at the Celebration, run by Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) – a project of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) – in the fitting surroundings of Glasgow Science Centre.

Event partners 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.

They also got the chance to compete for exciting prizes and take part in fun, hands-on, against-the-clock STEM Challenges set by companies.

Mearns Primary’s Science Club showcased a range of science experiments including chemical reactions, chromatography, hydrogels and states of matter.

The judges were so impressed that they awarded the top prize of Primary Club of the Year to the school which received the prize of a special trophy and £500 for STEM resources.

The Secondary Club of the Year prize went to Monifieth High School in Angus.

Companies setting challenges included: Anglian Water Business, BAE Systems Naval Ships, BP, BT Scotland, Chevron, City of Glasgow College, ECITB, Institution of Civil Engineers, Lloyd’s Register, Merck, Morrison Construction, NXP, OPITO, Rolls-Royce, Royal Navy, ScottishPower, Thales and Wood Group.

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 1,400 schools across Scotland.


Notes for editors:

About SCDI Young Engineers and Science Clubs

SCDI (Scottish Council for Development & Industry) is an independent and inclusive economic development network which seeks to influence and inspire Government and key stakeholders with our ambitious vision to create sustainable economic growth for Scotland. SCDI’s diverse and influential membership – across the public, private and social economy sectors – forms a gathering of knowledge, experience and talent which provides a dynamic and creative force for change.

SCDI represents organisations including global corporate companies, SMEs, public sector bodies and educational institutions, professional associations and trade unions, faith groups, charitable and social economy sector organisations.

Since 1987, the Scottish Council for Development & Industry has pioneered the Young Engineers and Science Clubs programme in over 1,400 schools across Scotland, involving over 30,000 young people each year.

The aim of the programme is to engage and excite young people about science, engineering and technology by encouraging them to exercise their creative, problem-solving, team-working and innovative skills through exciting, hands-on projects. @scdiYESC

For further information please contact:

Jane Martin, programme director – YESC
T: 0141 222 9733

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