On Friday 13 December we held an event where Watson’s Engineering students and Arkwright scholars from Boroughmuir High School, Preston Lodge High school, Alva Academy, Dunblane High School and Bearsden Academy worked together on an engineering challenge to build the most effective ping pong ball launcher.
Here at Watson’s, we are very proud of our continued success in promoting, encouraging and developing pupils’ enjoyment and uptake of Engineering. We have had a high number of pupils working on Engineering projects outside the curriculum, and some of these successfully gain Arkwright Scholarships.
An Arkwright Engineering Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship of its type in the UK to inspire and nurture school-age students to be the country’s future leaders of the Engineering Profession. They are awarded to high-calibre S5 and S6 students through a very rigorous selection process
Over 1,300 students applied for scholarships this year, with 419 awarded across the UK. There were 31 scholarships awarded in Scotland and we are delighted to share that our latest Arkwright Scholars, Will Somerville and Noah Morton (both S5) received their awards at a recent EICC event. They join our current S6 scholars of Amanda Scobie and Alexander Shen.
As part of our commitment to community engagement and widening access, we are proud to sponsor an additional 10 Arkwright Scholars from state schools across the central belt.
It is through our work in this area that we raise the profile of Engineering and related careers to all our pupils, and show them the very many positive opportunities in this vital sector.