school pupils celebrate science and engineering achievements

More than 100 young people from 16 local schools got stuck in to science and engaged in engineering at a recent Chevron sponsored Celebration of Engineering and Science, held in Aberdeen.
Lewis McDonald MSP and Paul Broadbent with pupils at an event

Lewis MacDonald MSP (left), and Chevron's Paul Broadbent, senior subsea control engineer, Global Technology Centre, put pupils to the test at the recent event.

The atmosphere was electric at the event, run by Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) - a project of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) - with support from a number of companies from across the oil and gas industry. Attending organisations, Teachers and pupils, from across Aberdeen City and Shire, enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their work, compete for exciting prizes and take part in the fun, hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenges.

Chevron, who were among nine other companies attending the celebration day at Shell's Woodbank House, also used the occasion to inform young people of the wide range of STEM related career opportunities that could be available to them in the future.

Paul Broadbent, senior subsea control engineer with Chevron's Energy Technology Company who attended the event to run Chevron's three minute engineering challenge, said: "The Celebration of Engineering and Science day was fantastic. It was a real pleasure to get involved and see first-hand the innovation and creativity of such talented young people, who will undoubtedly provide the world with the next generation of explorers, scientists and engineers."

Chevron's three minute engineering challenge is constructed using a 3D image as a game that shows oil related operations and how the hydrocarbons get from the reservoir to the refinery. It highlights a number of key activities in the oil and gas life-cycle, from onshore and offshore production systems and drilling operations, to subsea development, transfers, shipping, and refining.

Following a two minute introduction, the young engineers were given three minutes to successfully complete the challenge - scores were then awarded, with additional points given for their team work and problem solving skills.

In addition to the engineering challenges, the coveted Primary and Secondary Regional Young Engineers Clubs of the Year were announced. This year's titles were won by Clerkhill Primary School of Peterhead and Keith Grammar School, who each received prize money of £250.