BEARSDEN Academy pupils took on the role of oil barons for a day when they entered a dynamic online competition.
They triumphed in the Scottish west central heat of OPITO PETROCHALLENGE which attracted over 100 senior pupils from across Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire and Lanarkshire.
The winning team of students from Bearsden Academy played the part of an energy company entering a new area for exploration of oil and gas.
S6 pupils Matthew Morris, Sandy Garven, Jonathan Lindsay and Ross Urquhart will now have to wait for the results of a series of other regional heats before they find out if they will go forward to represent the UK at the international final in London in January 2012.
The minister for learning and skills, Dr Alasdair Allan, joined them for this exciting contest and launched the new STEM Central website which supports learning in sciences, maths and technology.
Mike Duncan, skills and learning development manager of OPITO, said: “This is the first time we have taken the OPITO PETROCHALLENGE to Glasgow and I’m delighted by the enthusiasm shown by the students taking part. They really embraced the challenges faced by real-life oil and gas operators.
“I would like to congratulate all the teams for their hard work and determination to succeed.”
OPITO PETROCHALLENGE is run in partnership with education specialist Simprentis to provide an interactive and fun way for school pupils aged 16 to 18 and college students studying maths, science, engineering, IT and business related subjects and get first-hand experience of what it’s like to be part of an oil and gas company.