Pupils from an East Renfrewshire secondary have been crowned the winners of a 12-week long STEM competition.

The team from Woodfarm High School came out on top at the Scottish National Final of the Industrial Cadets Bronze Project at Dynamic Earth, in Edinburgh, at the end of last month after showcasing their hard work to a panel of expert judges.

The initiative, which is run by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), gives youngsters in S2 the chance to work on a project based on themes, such as sustainability and the digital world with support from a company mentor from firms including Viridor, Network Rail, Leonardo and Chivas Brothers.

As part of the project, the schoolkids also had the opportunity to experience a virtual site visit to Viridor’s Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC), giving them a behind the scenes insight into STEM industry and how it is being used to help tackle issues such as waste and climate change.

Pupils who completed the project graduated as Bronze Level Industrial Cadets.

A teacher for Woodfarm said: “Industrial Cadets Bronze has been a fabulous initiative raising the profile of STEM within out school and encouraging collaborative working between departments and pupils alike.

“It is wonderful that we can showcase each of the projects and celebrate the teams’ achievements through this event.”

Woodfarm was one of six teams who competed for the National Winners Award after winning best overall in their respective regions.

Representing the Glasgow region, they were awarded the winning prize for the whole of Scotland as the judges deemed they had had successfully met every aspect of the project brief.

Guests from local government attended in support of the project in addition to parents, as well as industry mentors who have supported the pupil teams throughout the entirety of the project.

Jamie Hepburn, MSP and minister for higher education and further education, youth employment and training has congratulated the pupil teams.

Chaz Watson, school programme officer at EDT, told the Barrhead News: “The standard of these projects has been incredibly high, and students have demonstrated their enthusiasm, passion and knowledge of STEM subjects by reaching the national final.”