Posted: Wednesday 19 April 2017

Expert helps pupils plot a course towards engineering success

Naval Architect David Elder helped inspire F1 pupils who are taking part in the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award 2017 Competition

High School of Dundee pupils have been able to call on some expert help as they seek to plot a course towards success in an engineering contest.

David Elder, Naval Architect and Technical Director with IMRANDD, recently paid a visit to the School to talk to pupils in F1 as part of their participation in the Scottish Engineering Leaders Award 2017 Competition.

With the award challenging Secondary pupils to research engineering, interview inspiring engineers, and consider the question 'If you were an engineer - what would you do?', David was on hand to inspire the youngsters with an introduction to naval architecture and an insight into some of his own work experiences.

Organised as part of the Primary Engineer programme, which seeks to raise the profile of practical engineering in schools by putting engineers into the classroom, the competition asks pupils to identify a problem and then design and submit a solution to it, along with a letter to persuade the engineer judges to make it.

Over 10,000 pupils have so far registered for this year's contest and as well as going on display at public exhibitions across Scotland, shortlisted entries will stand a chance of actually being manufactured.    

David Elder said, "The Leaders Award is a really worthwhile initiative. I was delighted to be able to come along to meet the pupils and talk to them about what a naval architect does and how to become an engineer."

Head of Technology at the High School, Forbes Walker, said, "The award is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils to engage with engineers who will convey the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in their daily working lives."

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