Published: 16/04/2017 06:00 - Updated: 12/04/2017 05:53

Maths prowess and appliance of science equal success for Avoch kids

Orla McMichael, Luke Ross, Elin Dargie, Ruby McBride, Shannon McDonald, Daniel Morrison and Astrid Fraser excelled in the STEM challenge, which was sponsored by Gordon Williamson of Morrison Construction and David Hendry of Aquascot Ltd.
Orla McMichael, Luke Ross, Elin Dargie, Ruby McBride, Shannon McDonald, Daniel Morrison and Astrid Fraser excelled in the STEM challenge, which was sponsored by Gordon Williamson of Morrison Construction and David Hendry of Aquascot Ltd.

BRAIN power is certainly not in short supply among pupils at a Ross-shire primary school.

For the youngsters have won two major trophies on their first year of entering competitions designed to test science, technology and maths knowledge.

Ella Murray, Joshua Hemsworth and Alastair Smith, who attend Avoch Primary, proved their prowess in number skills by scooping the Highland Enterprising Mathematics Trophy.

The trio competed against pupils from 26 other schools to solve a series of complex mathematical problems.

Meanwhile, Orla McMichael, Luke Ross, Elin Dargie, Ruby McBride, Shannon McDonald, Daniel Morrison and Astrid Fraser represented the school in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) challenge at a Celebration of Engineering and Science event at Eden Court in Inverness.

The school won the coveted Challenge trophy at the event, run by the Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) project, run by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

Teamwork in a maths competition added up to success for Avoch pupils (l-r) Alastair Smith, Ella Murray and Joshua Hemsworth
Teamwork in a maths competition added up to success for Avoch pupils (l-r) Alastair Smith, Ella Murray and Joshua Hemsworth

Melanie Riddell, programme manager of YESC said: “The main purpose of YESC is to spark pupils’ interest in science and engineering through engaging them in practical and exciting challenges.

“It’s great to see the broad range of projects they’ve been working on and celebrate their achievements. Our aim is to inspire the next generation of explorers, scientists and engineers.”

Avoch primary’s headteacher Lorna Sim was delighted with her pupils’ awards.

She said: “These are fantastic achievements for the children and recognition of all the hard work their teachers do to inspire learning in these subjects.

“At Avoch we made the decision to include every youngster, from the three-year-old nursery children right up to the P7 pupils in our own version of a science club.

“Over the past 15 months pupils have been set monthly STEM challenges.

“They work in mixed age groups to solve quite complex problems and they amaze us with their creativity, determination and team working.

“It has been a pleasure to see the classrooms buzzing with engineering, maths and technology.”

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