Kilsyth Academy hosts Young Technologist competition

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Pupils once again met at Kilsyth Academy last week for the annual Young Technologist competition.

Teams from Kilsyth Academy, St Maurice’s High School , Biggar High School and Calderhead High School entered this year’s event which was organised by Kilsyth Rotary Club and the Institute of Structural Engineers.

The challenge this year simulated recovering a radioactive meteorite and the pupils were tasked with using a limited supply of raw materials to create a grabber device to retrieve the “meteorite” from a box and drop it on a target.

The pupils were given the morning to come up with a solution to the problem and the afternoon saw them actually attempt the task.

Bill Thomson of Kilsyth Rotary Club said: “As always this was a very enjoyable competition. The standard of entries was again very high and I was impressed by the ingenuity of our young competitors.

“Our thanks go to Kilsyth Academy for once again providing the venue.”

The event featured three categories of competition, Foundation for S1-S2, Intermediate for S3-S4 and Advanced for S5-S6, with each group having to take on a more difficult version of the challenge.

The winning team from each group was presented with an etched glass trophy while the individual members of those teams were given commemorative certificates.

Biggar High School won the Intermediate and Advanced categories, but Kilsyth Academy pupils Amy Buck, Catie Gray, Bruce McBride and Finlay Sword were victorious in the Foundation category.

For more pictures of this event see the March 12 edition of the Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle.