Engineering success for Johnshaven pupil

Johnshaven Primary pupil David McKinnon is celebrating after winning a national engineering prize.

The P4 youngster joined students from schools across the country to compete at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s (SCDI) Celebration of Engineering and Science at the Glasgow Science Centre on Friday, June 8.

David was awarded the Dr Swanston Memorial Prize for Best Individual Achievement and received a trophy and £100 cheque for his model ‘Bobpower’, which harnesses energy from the sea.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “This is a great achievement for someone so young, and I hope David continues to develop his interest in engineering in the coming years.”

Jane Martin, Programme Director of SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs, said: “The aim of Young Engineers and Science Clubs is to show young people that science and technology is not only fun but can lead to rewarding careers. The standard and quality of the projects which were showcased were fantastic.

“Our young people clearly have the creativity and skills required to pursue careers in science and engineering and really make a difference to Scotland’s economy.”