PUPILS at a Black Isle school were so inspired by the insights shared with them by a world-class engineering firm that they came up with their own ingenious designs for oil rigs.
The hook-up between Cromarty Primary and Semco Maritime, which has a base in Invergordon, came about as part of an outreach programme run by the Port of Cromarty Firth.
Cromarty head Henri Shepherd and her award-winning science teacher, Cath Milne, asked if the port could facilitate a connection with one of the engineering companies based there to work on a science project helping pupils understand the engineering involved in oil rigs.
Port staff introduced the teachers to Semco Maritime and the school subsequently received a partnership grant from the Royal Society to work with Semco’s engineers to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the oil industry and the engineering concepts within it.
The budding engineers of the future then went ahead and fashioned their own impressive model oil rigs.
Ms Shepherd said: “It has been a very positive experience developing a partnership with the Port of Cromarty Firth. The expertise of Semc representatives inspired the children and helped them understand the job engineers do.”
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