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STEM competition with £50 prize to keep children educated and entertained

By Garry McCartney

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AJ Engineering general manager Graham Alexander.
AJ Engineering general manager Graham Alexander.

A LOCAL company has launched a competition to encourage children to get involved in STEM activities.

AJ Engineering (AJE) is asking entrants to post pictures and videos of their science, technology, maths and engineering work on the company’s Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning a £50 voucher.

AJE general manager Graham Alexander launched the contest after seeing posts from parents and young people about what they were getting up to during the coronavirus lockdown.

He said: "This is a difficult time for everyone. It's a huge pressure for parents to help educate their kids and keep them entertained. I have two young daughters myself, so I recognise how everyone is feeling.

"However, what I was seeing on my news feed was parents and children really embracing this challenging time and working together to try new things, so we thought we would reward this enthusiasm by opening the competition and offering a prize."

The prize is a £50 voucher for Mackenzie & Cruickshank garden centre in Forres.

Mr Alexander said: "It was important for us to offer a prize that would support another local business. Never before has putting back into the local economy been so important."

On the entries received so far, he added: "People really seem to be enjoying the STEM stuff - maybe we will find some engineers of the future.

"So far we have had a video of a marble run which starts at the top of kitchen cupboards and snakes its way around the room. It was created by a dad and his two sons.

"We have also had a young girl growing crystals and balloons being blown up by vinegar and bicarbonate of soda."

Maisie Donaldson (8) from St Peter's Primary, Buckie, growing crystals.
Maisie Donaldson (8) from St Peter's Primary, Buckie, growing crystals.

The competition closes on April 19. Enter by posting a picture or video of a STEM activity on AJ Engineering’s facebook page at AJEngScotland

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