Southside pupils engineer ways of conserving water

Team from St Ninians High School (Photo: Sally Jubb)
Team from St Ninians High School (Photo: Sally Jubb)

Pupils from Southside schools put their engineering skills to the test at the finals of an event in Glasgow.

Teams from St Ninians High, Lourdes Secondary and Mearns Primary took part in the event designed to encourage more young people into science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) related careers.

The Lourdes Secondary School team (Photo: Sally Jubb)

The Lourdes Secondary School team (Photo: Sally Jubb)

Organised by the Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC), more than 300 young people from 50 schools across Scotland descended on the Glasgow Science Centre for the annual ‘Celebration of STEM’.

YESC joined forces with leading national water retailer, Wave, to create the STEM Challenge – ‘Don’t Waste a Drop’. Teams were tasked with designing and building a pump and pipeline that can transfer water without wasting a drop.

Tony March, public sector manager from Wave, said: “This event has been a great opportunity to show these talented young people the wide variety of careers open to those with STEM qualifications.

“We’re proud to have supported this challenge and to highlight not only the difficulties faced by water suppliers in keeping water flowing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but also to inspire the next generation of STEM recruits.”

The Mearns Primary School team (Photo: Sally Jubb)

The Mearns Primary School team (Photo: Sally Jubb)

Rebecca MacLennan, YESC’s programme director, added: “We were delighted to be working on this project in partnership with Wave.

“Water leakage is an important issue for households, businesses and the environment.

“The theme of water conservation provides a topical context for pupils in schools across Scotland to develop their interest in science and engineering.

“Throughout the challenge they have developed valuable skills for learning, life and work.”