A TEAM of West Lothian high school pupils have won a top construction competition.
The 10 pupils from Broxburn Academy in West Lothian have become the 2010 Construction and the Built Environment Challenge champions after competing against over 20 other schools from across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
The team of S2 pupils, aged between 13 and 14, scooped the title after an outstanding performance in a series of activities at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, last Thursday.
Their tasks included assembling a garden shed, tiling a replica roof and solving plumbing and electrical challenges.
Graeme Ogilvy, ConstructionSkills director for Scotland, said: “Congratulations to Broxburn Academy.
“They have performed consistently well throughout the heats leading up to the final and also on the day itself. They are deserving champions of this year’s Construction and the Built Environment Challenge.
“ConstructionSkills is proud to support the competition in its 11th year and look forward to continuing our relationship in the future.
“We continue to encourage youngsters to experience the different activities and to form their own opinions about what construction and the built environment is, and what it can be for them.”
The enthusiastic pupils were judged on teamwork, following instruction, working safely, tidiness, time and accuracy.
Angela Constance, Livingston MSP and Skills and Lifelong Learning Minister, awarded prizes to the winning team.
The triumphant youngsters from Broxburn Academy were delighted to take home the Construction and Built Environment Challenge trophy and a cheque for £300 for their school.
Angela Constance, said she was impressed by the work done during the challenge and praised the teenagers who took part.
She said : “I was very impressed by the tremendous effort on display and what was a hugely enjoyable day for all those who took part.
“Learning to work as a team can set young people up to face challenges they will come up against in every facet of life – not least the world of work.
“As well as sparking an interest in vocational learning and competition, it is clear the Construction and the Built Environment Challenge demonstrates to those who take part that what is learned in school is relevant in the real world.”