Youngsters who built elastic band-powered cars at a technology festival gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “burning rubber”.
Primary school children from across the north-east gathered at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom to take on the GEt Set Go! challenge as part of Techfest.
Staff from GE Oil & Gas taught the budding engineers about energy transfer before the teams designed, built and tested their cars and competed to see whose could travel the furthest.
Nearly 6,000 children attended the festival to take part in science, technology, engineering and maths-themed activities.
Neil Gazeley, external affairs manager for UK & Nordics at GE Oil & Gas, said: “GE Oil & Gas is a long-standing sponsor of the event with our K’Nex challenge and this year we have also introduced an additional activity that we have called GEt Set Go!
“Both of these activities have been designed to inspire girls and boys from primary schools across the north-east of Scotland and make the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths come alive.”
With activities for all ages, the annual festival of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors between September 6 and 26.
One of the aims of TechFest, which is supported by sponsors BP and Shell, is to encourage children to go on to follow a career which uses STEM skills by showing they are fun and relevant in day to day life.
Other festival highlights include a behind the scenes look at the science used by brewer Brewdog, a fun-filled experiment extravaganza with TV stunt scientist Dr Bunhead and a night of murder mystery with award-winning Shetland and Vera author Ann Cleeves and forensics expert Dr James Grieve.