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Kilgraston STEM Challenge event 2023

Kilgraston STEM Challenge event 2023

This week, we welcomed schools from across Perthshire for the inaugural Kilgraston STEM Challenge event – an exciting new competition to encourage our next generation of STEM professionals.

For the past few weeks and months, teams of four or five P5, P6 and P7 pupils from local schools including Kilgraston have been working hard on their projects. The theme was tied into this year’s British Science Week topic of ‘Connections’ and could be interpreted in any way the team saw fit. This saw team entries span topics from robots and rivers, to bridges and brains, with inspirational and wonderful displays and exhibits by each team.

Our teams enjoyed STEM-filled morning with a visit from Tayside Planetarium and a rocket-building session with Kilgraston’s Science Department.

Visiting judge, Dr Mathers, a STEM lecturer at Perth College UHI, spent time with each team who had to present their entry and discuss their exhibit and how it operated. With such high calibre of entry, after much deliberation, the team from Dunbarney Primary School was crowned this year’s Kilgraston STEM Challenge event winners. Well done to Dunbarney and to all of this year’s competitors, it was wonderful to see and meet so many enthusiastic STEM pupils.

Kilgraston is passionate about supporting young people who know their ambitions and are confident to pursue this. Historically, STEM, has been an area dominated by males, however, each year over half of our pupils go on to study STEM subjects at university. We want to continue this legacy in as many ways as we can and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.


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