A TEAM from Lornshill Academy has been selected to compete in the UK finals of the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge.

As a winner in one of only three Scottish heats at the Forth Valley College Campus, Falkirk, earlier this month, they will go head to head with teams from across the UK at The Big Bang Fair on Friday, March 16.

The winning team of 12 students built, programmed and controlled LEGO robots for a series of "aviation missions".

Students also had to research, design and present their own solution to a contemporary engineering problem faced by STEM professionals in the aviation industry.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge introduces student teams to real-world engineering, technology, robotics and computing challenges. The challenge aims to help students put their school learning into context and discover exciting new careers.

Mr Douglas, design and technology teacher, said: "We are very proud of the pupils in terms of the effort and dedicated they shown in working together to learn and develop new skills.

"They have worked tremendously hard and can’t wait to show off their skills at the final in Birmingham."

The students in the “Otter Space” team are: Callum Fern, Fraser Shaw, Kai Dawson, Callum Gladwell, Ross Horne, Abbie Carberry, Zoe-ann Fitzpatrick, Lauren McCabe, Piper Hislop and Lindsay Urquhart.

Mr Douglas added: “The pupils and staff at Lornshill Academy would like to thank Jim Rankine, UK Director at OI Manufacturing UK, Alloa and Erika Smallridge at Tomorrows Engineers for their very kind and generous donation towards all flight and travel.

"We would also like to thank Diageo International Supply Technical, Menstrie for their donation to help cover the cost of all food and beverage expenses."