Ulva Ferry

The Oban Times - - Districts -

A PRI­MARY two pupil from Ulva Pri­mary School has won a na­tional en­gi­neer­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Bruce Cut­lack fought off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from more than 12,000 en­tries to win the pri­mary two age cat­e­gory of the Scot­tish En­gi­neer­ing Lead­ers Award.

The whole of Ulva Ferry Pri­mary School took part in the com­pe­ti­tion and pupils were asked to de­sign some­thing that could be built to help solve a prob­lem.

Af­ter dis­cussing a range of is­sues in class, Bruce fo­cused on the prob­lem of plas­tic pol­lu­tion in earth’s oceans. The tal­ented young­ster de­signed a sub­ma­rine which sucks up tiny plas­tic balls known as nur­dles and then uses th­ese nur­dles to power the craft. He was in­vited to a prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony at Barony Hall, the Uni­ver­sity of Strath­clyde, where he was pre­sented with a glass award and cer­tifi­cate. All the chil­dren at Ulva had fan­tas­tic orig­i­nal ideas and, prior to de­sign­ing their en­tries, two lo­cal en­gi­neers vis­ited the school to talk to them about what a ca­reer in en­gi­neer­ing in­volves.

Th­ese were John Ni­col­son, TSL con­trac­tor’s re­gional con­struc­tion man­ager, and Mo­ray Finch, the gen­eral man­ager of Mull and Iona Com­mu­nity Trust.

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