Pupils from Clydebank High School will be competing in an engineering challenge this week.

Six pupils will become real-life engineers this Friday where they will research, design and build solutions to actual problems at Glasgow Airport.

Teams must race against the clock to solve a real-life engineering problem, putting their engineering and technology knowledge and skills to the test.

The Institute of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Faraday Challenge will work in association with UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Future Flight Challenge, but the brief for these young engineers is being kept under wraps to avoid unfair preparation and research

The students from Clydebank High will compete against secondary schools in Paisley, Clarkston, Gourock, Barrhead and Glasgow to win a prize and a trophy for their school.

The top five teams from across the UK will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national final in June to compete for a cash prize of up to £1,000 for their school.

Clydebank Post: The pupils will work on real-life engineering problemsThe pupils will work on real-life engineering problems (Image: Glasgow Airport)

Fiona Smith, group head of Aerodrome Strategy, said: “The aviation industry is experiencing rapid development in innovation the likes of which we have not seen since the introduction of long-haul flight in the 1930s.

“With the introduction of sustainable aviation fuels, the development of zero-emission hydro-electric flight and indeed the progress of our own CAELUS medical drone delivery project, it is an exciting time to join the aviation industry and projects such as the Faraday Challenge are playing a vital role in developing the engineering workforce of tomorrow.

“Our own sustainability strategy outlines our belief that the aviation industry has a vital role to play in ensuring young people have better access to STEM activities and that we attract talent to fill the much-needed jobs of the future within the sector.

“We are really excited to be hosting this event at the airport and are keen to showcase to the visiting pupils some of the exciting future flight initiatives Glasgow Airport and the wider AGS Airports are involved in.”

The events aim to encourage more young people to study and consider exciting and rewarding careers in STEM by using creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills.

Natalie Moat, IET Faraday Education Manager, said: “Students who take part in the Faraday Challenge Days this year will experience working as an engineer through hands-on and practical engagement with real-life challenges relating to UKRI’s Future Flight Challenge.

“There is a huge demand for new engineers and technicians, and we are confident that this will challenge young people’s perceptions of engineering and inspire the next generation by giving them an insight into the life of a real engineer and show them just how exciting and creative engineering really is.”

For more information on the IET and its initiatives to promote STEM subjects and careers in the classroom, visit the IET’s dedicated website.

To find out more about Glasgow Airport’s Sustainability Strategy click here.