Engineers of the future test new boardgame

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A new game aimed at highlighting potential careers in oil and gas is to be rolled out across the North East following testing by Deeside pupils.

A team of graduate engineers from Petrofac in Aberdeen visited Banchory Academy to pilot the newly devised board game – called ‘Pipeline’ - with 30 S4 science students.

Following a very positive reaction it will now be taken out to other schools as part of the TechFest Secondary Outreach Programme.

Petrofac Offshore Projects & Operations (OPO) has sponsored the Secondary Outreach Programme for the last two years.

This year, engineering graduates from Petrofac worked with the TechFest team to develop a game designed to ‘myth-bust’ the world of oil and gas and explore the wealth of engineering careers available in the industry.

Players win pieces of ‘pipe’ by correctly answering questions about different engineering disciplines, or by completing hands-on activities that test transferable skills like problem-solving, creativity and communication.

Dr Matt Skellern, Principal Teacher of Science at Banchory Academy, said: “The trial of the Petrofac Pipeline board game and activities has been very well received by the pupils. It has been a useful experience for them to meet industry professionals and learn how STEM activities are utilised on a day-to-day basis and prepare them for the real world of work.

“The resource fits well with the Curriculum for Excellence and is also excellent subject knowledge for teachers.”

The Secondary Outreach Programme is part of the Techfest annual science festival, which promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects to more than 23,000 young people in the region every autumn.

The secondary schools outreach element delivers workshops and presentations within schools to meet the underlying aims of the Curriculum for Excellence to enhance the learning experience.