A trio of talented Moray students are in the running to be named the most promising young engineers in the country.
With their keen eyes for design, the three Keith Grammar School pupils caught the eyes of the judging panel overseeing the Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Competition.
Lewis Roger, Tom Watson and Jamie Herd worked together to enter the contest’s online heats, which required them to put their thinking caps on and create a project involving their skills in science, engineering, technology and maths (Stem).
Going above and beyond what many other entrants attempted, the group developed its own underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) which can complete different tasks in a swimming pool.
And while it cost the trio a total of £453.72 to design and construct, the finished product has been valued at nearly double that, at £824.33.
As a reward for their hard work, the group has been given a place in the grand finals of the competition which will take place at The Big Bang Fair in Birmingham in March, where thousands of pounds in prize money is up for grabs.
Hilary Leevers, the chief executive of skills body EngineeringUK, said: “The students from Keith Grammar School really impressed the judges with their project and we’re excited to see how they do at the UK finals.
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“It is a huge achievement to progress to this stage of the competition and they should be incredibly proud to take up their place and compete at The Big Bang Fair in March.”
She added: “Going into its 11th year in 2019, The Big Bang Fair continues to be a great source of Stem inspiration for young people.
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“It represents an amazing opportunity for young visitors, their teachers and parents to get hands-on with a wide range of activities, workshops and shows, and engage in meaningful career conversations with professionals, all designed to bring classroom learning to life and inspire the next generation.”