Eyemouth High driven to succeed
Eyemouth High School’s determination to raise the profile of engineering as a career won it another STEM (science, technology, engeineering and mathematics) award.
Borders College presented the school with its second STEM award at a ceremony on Wednesday, thanks to the work and dedication of its technology department.
The school beat off its competition by continuing to raise the profile of engineering and Greenpower racing.
A panel of judges from Borders College looked at STEM projects taking place in schools and community groups over the past year across the Borders, focusing on the ability to work together, show a positive attitude and attention to detail in relation to STEM.
Eyemouth High’s second Greenpower race car project, as well as the mini-rocket challenge that it launched within its feeder primaries, secured the award.
The school attributes the success of this project to its many partnerships and would like to thank all of them.
Mark Catto, from Borders College, said: “The world would collapse without STEM and projects such as this one showcase the importance of getting involved.”
“In front of me are future engineers, electricians and mathematicians. We need to develop these skills to keep the world ticking over.
“I would love to see more and more schools getting involved in STEM projects. For instance, three more Border schools are going to be building Greenpower race cars and we hope to have a Borders’ league where school can race each other very soon.
“I also want to thank Paul Watson and Andrew Hay from the technology department because without them, this project would not have happened.”
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Eyemouth High School attributes the success of this project with their many partnerships who have all taken a keen interest in the cars.
The Tesco scheme “Bags of Help” helped to fund the project and two members from the Berwick store, Michelle Baillie and Chris Patterson, were at the ceremony to see what their funds
“This is an absolutely amazing project and the enthusiasm of the kids for Greenpower racing is fantastic," they said. "It was wonderful to be able to fund a second car for the school and we really would encourage more people to apply for funding through our grant scheme.”
The Eyemouth Rotary is also a sponsor and supporter of the project and was on hand to watch as Eyemouth high was presented with this award.
“We are delighted to be associated with this amazing project and this once again shows how strong our partnership is with the school,” they said.
Simpsons Malt interviewed some of the pupils involved in the project to find out more about the project and how their sponsorship money was used. It was really interesting and worthwhile for them to find out how they made a difference for the young people of the school.
Eyemouth High School would like to thank all of their sponsors and partners for helping them to achieve this award for the second year. They would also like to thank everyone who came along to help them celebrate as well as the school’s Chill ‘n Chat café for providing refreshments on the day.