Science and technology pupils to present key solutions to industry experts

Secondary school pupils with an enthusiasm for science and technology will rise to the occasion on Monday when they take part in an oil and gas challenge at the Total Gas Plant.

The youngsters will present their solutions to an industry challenge laid down for them, in the final of a ‘Stem in the Pipeline’ competition.

It follows recent efforts to encourage school pupils to develop their interest in the so-called Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.

Since October, two teams of senior pupils from Anderson High School have been working with their mentors and applying their skills in physics, maths, chemistry and geology to solve an oil field challenge.

Each team will present a report of their findings to energy industry professionals.

The final will take place at Total’s Shetland Gas Plant with the teams being the first school pupils to step inside the facility, which opened in 2016 and is capable of supplying energy to two million homes.

The ‘Stem in the Pipeline’ programme has been running in Aberdeen for more than 10 years and is supported by a number of oil and gas sector businesses as well as the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain and the University of Aberdeen.

Dave Wink, Shetland Gas Plant Terminal Manager for Total, said: “Supporting educational programmes that promote science is very important for Total.

“‘Stem in the Pipeline’ introduces pupils to challenges similar to those we encounter in the energy industry and the problem solving skills that help us in our jobs.

“Total is also really pleased to support this initiative by welcoming Anderson High pupils to Shetland Gas Plant for our very first school visit since production started at the plant in 2016.”


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  • ian tinkler

    • February 19th, 2017 14:13

    Go to it youngsters, you are our future.
    Specialist undergraduate, S.T.E.M and Computing Center.
    A vital need for a modern and dynamic Shetland. Sadly, overlooked and ignored by the Robinson Council, leaving our youngsters ill equipped for the Modern World. Our whole understanding of our environment and World depends on knowledge. Science, technology, engineering and maths skills, alongside computing and software, are sadly mostly ignored across Shetland. We should be a World leader. I propose a new purpose built facility for the West Side as a extension of the N.A.F.C.


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