OPITO is a principal partner of Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland

The Young Engineers and Science Club (YESC) organisation has been in operation for over 25 years, encouraging school pupils to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and maths, also known as STEM subjects.

The clubs are aimed at school pupils both of primary and secondary age groups, taking place predominantly over lunch times and after school. There are now over 1,100 clubs in operation in Scotland alone, providing a valuable insight for pupils interested in STEM subjects.

This year our events team have attended Regional Celebration events across Scotland, including the final at Glasgow Science Centre in June. During these events OPITO tasked the young engineers with a STEM challenge to test their knowledge of the uses of oil and gas in everyday life.

There are a large variety of kits and resources available to schools who register a club with YESC. Club members can then work alongside teachers and STEM Ambassadors, using their problem solving skills whilst investigating different topics.

Two resources are Hydrocarbons in Action (aimed at pupils in P6/7 and S1) and Hydrocarbons in Action Plus (aimed at S1/S2). These involve pupils learning about the different processes that take place in the lifecycle of oil and gas, from exploration through to the refinery and making plastics.

The activities include:

  • Seismic exploration
  • Core sampling
  • Porosity and absorbency
  • Soil & mineral analysis
  • Subsea exploration
  • Crude oil analysis
  • Making Plastic

The kit also contains boxes of rock and fossil samples, oil product samples, a D&K Eyewitness Oil book and full teacher notes.

Keep an eye on our events page for upcoming YESC events.