Pupils’ inventions win praise

Olivia and Erika, pictured here with Lesley Lyon and Hannah Stevenson, along with the other finalists will attend an awards ceremony at University of Dundee to collect their winners’ certificates and individual trophies NO_T19_STEMclubsuccess

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Oban High School pupils are winning praise for their use of innovation to solve everyday problems.

The school’s STEM club meets once a week with teachers Lesley Lyon and Hannah Stevenson and is enjoying a busy and successful year so far.

Club members have been using Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
skills to work through challenges and national competitions, winning £2,000 from the Rees Jefferies Road Fund as well as vouchers for the Lantra Scotland project.

Last week they received the highest praise from yet another competition where they were encouraged to look at the world around them and find engineered solutions to common problems, including writing up a proposal to persuade universities to build a prototype of their invention.

This year Oban High School had ten entries that have all now been graded. Those that got distinctions were put into a final round for their region and the top inventions selected as overall winners.

Oban High School STEM Club received seven distinctions – Diana Londono was awarded two while Issac, Julia, Nairn, Erika and Olivia received one. There were two merits for Ryan and Jamie and a pass for Andrew.

‘We are very proud to announce that Erika for her eco-pipe system and Olivia for her Smart Viewer were selected as overall winners for North Scotland and will see their designs developed and produced by the universities associated with the programme,’ said a school spokesperson.

Erika’s eco-pipe system uses the power of rainwater from a building’s roof and turns it into electrical energy, while Olivia’s smart viewer would use a phone app to link up to a smart device that uses LED lights, incorporates sensors, cameras, speakers, microphones and more which you can then use to interact with family members or pets at home. Olivia also thought of adding fire alarms to the system.

Caption: Olivia and Erika, pictured with Lesley Lyon and Hannah Stevenson, will attend an awards ceremony along with the other finalists at University of Dundee to collect their winners’ certificates and individual trophies.