A team of pupils from Forfar Academy scooped the prestigious award of “Scotland’s top overall Engineering project”, sponsored by the Scottish government, at a national competition in Perth last week.
The team of young engineers comprised J Wilson, Josh Ritchie, Jack Stephen, Mr Bob Baldie (PT Design Technology) Michael Baldie, Tom Stodart, Blair Watson and Darren Flynn.
The event was held at the Perth Concert hall and over 80 schools from the public and private sector were selected to showcase their work from the previous year.
The Forfar Academy entry was entitled CAD/CAM café which involved the Computer Design; Manufacture and Testing of scaled racing cars; Computer control and applications as well as Robot Building.
The team was grilled by judges from industry (including NCR and Weir Pumps) as well as academics from several universities.
They emerged from the judging to scoop the prestigious award of “Scotland’s top overall Engineering project”. Both organisers and judges described the showcase as an excellent example of 21st century skills that modern engineering employers were looking for.
The Forfar team is part of an after-school club called Angus Young Engineers (AYE) that meet in the Design Technology department.
The club has recently been awarded status as an engineering education charity and works feverishly to keep the school in touch with 21st century skills and technology.
They recently attracted grant funding from Forfar Common Good Fund to purchase 10 laptops in order to pursue their work with 3D modelling software. The group is open to all Angus school pupils from p7 to S6 and meets on a Monday night through the academic year.