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December 11, 2018

AFBE-UK Scotland at school to inspire tomorrow’s engineers

Pupils at a secondary school will be given an insight into the world of engineering from the Aberdeen chapter of a social enterprise.

AFBE-UK Scotland, which aims to inspire the engineers of the future, is taking its NextGen programme to Kincorth Academy on Friday, December 8 (1pm-3pm).

First-year pupils will take part in a series of fun games and challenges designed to test problem-solving, teamwork and communication skills.  Activities include an exhibition showcasing engineering concepts using an offshore puzzle board, a pigging model, and animated videos.

The pupils will also watch a video highlighting the relevance of engineering to everyday life, before taking part in group activities to create a landing pad for a helicopter using paper, clips and tape, and an offshore environment using Lego.

AFBE-UK Scotland has visited several primary schools in the past two years but this is the first time the programme has been delivered to a secondary school. Experienced personnel from oil and gas businesses will also pass on advice to pupils.

Dr Ollie Folayan, chair of AFBE-UK Scotland, said:  “We are delighted to be working together with schools across Aberdeen to promote engineering as a career choice.

“We hope to highlight that engineering is about being creative, bringing projects to life and doing something that can have a real impact on day-to-day life. We’re looking forward to engaging with secondary pupils for the first time.”

AFBE-UK Scotland is the Aberdeen chapter of AFBE-UK. The not-for-profit organisation encourages industry professionals to share their working experiences of with young people and students.

The Scottish division is led by Dr Folayan, a senior process engineer consulting at an oil and gas business. Since setting up stall in Aberdeen in 2011, AFBE-UK Scotland has engaged with more than 600 pupils and students across the city through its NextGen, Transition and Real Projects programmes.

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