VIP school tour for Cowal pupils

Published Date: 

19 Jun 2019 - 16:50

A group of young people were treated to a VIP tour of Dunoon Primary School’s new East Wing, after winning a hard-fought competition.

Primary seven pupils from schools across Cowal, recently attended Dunoon Grammar School for their induction into the secondary school.

As part of this, the children took part in a STEM showcase event (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The event was organised by Argyll and Bute Council, in partnership with Morrison Construction and hubNorth Scotland, and saw pupils battling it out in teams to construct a variety of items using simple, everyday items. These included a bridge made out of straws and a chair made out of cardboard.

The competition was intense, with everyone eager to win, but in the end it was “Sausage Rolls” who came out on top to win the VIP tour and a trophy which was very kindly donated by hubNorth Scotland.

The Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “What a great event. Not only did it enable pupils to have a real hands on experience of the construction industry, it showed them how STEM subjects are an important part of our everyday lives.

“Science is all around us; technology is continuing to expand rapidly; engineering is in the design of our roads network and our bridges; and maths is in almost every activity we do.

“By working in teams with industry professionals, the children have not only had fun, they have learned the importance of STEM subjects, they have considered each other’s ideas, and have learned to problem solve as part of a team. “This event was a great opportunity and congratulations go to everyone involved.”

Sausage Rolls team was made up of: Ruadhan Walker; Hannah Mathieson; Rachel Stewart; Emma Howie; David McGavin; Rosanna Lawrence; Ellie Gemmell; Ryan Gillies and Sofia Judd.  The team leader and STEM ambassador was Giulia Rigoni of Ryder Architecture.