FAMILIES at a Tullibody school had the chance to learn together at an event looking to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and artists.

The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) 'n' Hot Pizza experience at Banchory Primary brought parents and P6 children together to tackle a fun challenge and see who can come up with the best creation.

Families were tasked with creating a marble rollercoaster using some limited craft materials with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) delivering the event.

Hot pizza then arrived from nearby Leo's, with families enjoying a bite as judges rated the creations in a fun competition.

Donna Smith, principal teacher at the school, explained the idea was to develop parental engagement, inspire the pupils and have a bit of fun.

She said: "It's a really nice atmosphere; it's good fun, everyone's enjoying it."

The competition was not just about seeing who can build the largest rollercoaster by size, but whose marble took the longest to get around the track, meaning it was worth being imaginative with the inclusion of twists, turns and humps.

Donna added: "They had to work together and be creative with their thinking.

"We hope to do more events like this.

"I think it's been really nice to see [the children] work with their families. There's older brothers and sisters as well as younger brothers and sisters; past pupils have come back in to help, so it's certainly building the school community."

The EDT also brought along Natasha Paxford, senior security project manager and the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, on the day for an industry talk.

She has a background in cyber security among other skills and previously worked with IBM.

Thanks for given to the trust for running the event as well as Leo's for the delivery.