BANCHORY ACADEMY TRIUMPHS AT FINAL OF TECHFEST’S STEM IN THE PIPELINE OIL AND GAS CHALLENGE
Pupils from North-east schools have triumphed in this year’s STEM in the Pipeline competition, which tasked them with finding a solution to an oil and gas challenge.
The Reservoir Dogs from Banchory Academy took first prize, Team Wanderer from St Margaret’s School for Girls in Aberdeen was awarded second prize and Rigged for Success from the Gordon Schools in Huntly took third at yesterday’s final at BP’s North Sea headquarters in Dyce.
An additional prize for Project Management was awarded to Team Wanderer, the smallest team with just four participants, while Cheeriosity from Aboyne Academy was given the Innovation prize.
Oil Be There For You from Kemnay Academy picked up two further prizes with pupil Luke Johnston presented with the Project Manager Award, as voted for by the pupils, along with a second prize for health and safety.
Team Elais from Robert Gordon’s College won the Maximising Economic Recovery accolade.
Run by TechFest, STEM in the Pipeline began in August, when 15 teams of senior pupils were set an oil field challenge designed to test their skills in physics, maths, chemistry and geology.
STEM in the Pipeline is sponsored by B P, Chevron and ConocoPhillips, and supported by the Uneivrsity of Aberdeen, the Energy Institute, the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, the Project Management Institute and the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA).
Each organisation provided volunteer mentors who gave up their time to offer guidance and support to the pupils throughout the project. The teams took part in a series of challenging tasks to produce a Field Development Plan for the fictional STEM oil field. The tasks covered subsurface work, production profiling, separator design, safety and the calculation of CO2 emissions.