Budding engineers went head-to-head putting robots to the test in a series of underwater missions at an Aberdeen university.
Schools from across Scotland took part in the Scottish MATE ROV competition at Robert Gordon University.
Pupils from academies in Alford, Banff, Cults, Inverurie, Keith, Peterhead and Robert Gordon’s College, as well as schools from Edinburgh and Dundee, battled it out at the event testing underwater robots which they designed and built.
Part of a STEM scheme, the contest, which took place at the Garthdee campus, aimed to inspire future engineers through hands-on experience of designing ROVs used in the oil and gas, defence, oceanology and marine renewables industries.
The pupils were challenged to locate the wreckage of a vintage plane and return its engine to the surface, installing or recovering equipment to monitor the marine environment.
Graeme Dunbar, RGU engineering lecturer and co-ordinator of the contest, said: “The experience the pupils gain from the competition is invaluable and the support from our industry mentors provides them with such great insight into engineering and general business principles.”
Grove Academy in Dundee was crowned winner and will travel to Washington to compete in this year’s international final.
The competition is sponsored by BP North Sea, Subsea UK and ROVOP.
Tim Smith, vice-president of communications and external affairs for BP North Sea, said: “The ROV design competition remains a real highlight in the Aberdeen engineering calendar and BP is delighted to once again support RGU with this excellent initiative.”
Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, added: “Initiatives like this ensure the next generation understands the opportunities available to them and the exciting careers the subsea sector can offer.”