Category Archives: STEM

Young STEM Leaders

Braidhurst runs a very successful Young Stem Leaders programme, and six of the group recently visited Logans Primary School to deliver a workshop celebrating STEM week. The Young Stem Leaders empowers young people in Scotland to create, inspire, and lead in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths.


The entire school are feeling very proud of S4 pupil Katie Wright as she claimed first place in the VEX Robotics Coding Challenge Year 10-11 category. This is an incredible achievement for Katie as she beat out competitors from all over the UK and is even more impressive considering she only recently started programming. A huge well done Katie!


S6 pupil Sharleen Brandt participated in the Nuffield Researchers programme over summer 2020 which earned her valuable experience in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine) field and will certainly further her ambition to study a scientific degree after school. The programme began in June and was delivered entirely online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sharleen undertook a block of work experience in psychology where she researched the affect the pandemic had on body image. Under the supervision of her tutor, Corinne Jola from the University of Abertay, Sharleen created a survey and then analysed the results to produce a report and poster demonstrate the data collected.  Sharleen also completed a series of STEM related tasks online all of which aimed to strengthen her interpersonal skills. Sharleen will now participate in the NHS Hospital Life programme which will provide another fantastic opportunity for work experience.

Diana Award 2020

Congratulations to Jenna Young on becoming the recipient of the Diana Award. This award recognises social action or humanitarian work and is one of the most prestigious accolades a young person aged 9-25 years can receive.

As leader of the Braidhurst STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Club, Jenna helped many pupils to successfully design, build and refine cutting edge technological systems. She is passionate about encouraging females into the world of engineering, is an excellent role model and demonstrates an on-going commitment to the Scottish Government’s STEM strategy by selflessly dedicating her time to help and encourage others. Jenna inspires pupils of all ages to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects in school which she hopes will enable likeminded people to maximise their future career opportunities.

For many years, Jenna has devoted her lunchtimes and afternoons to lead a successful and popular Robotics club within Braidhurst High School. She has successfully created a fun and welcoming learning environment and fulfilled her aim of encouraging other pupils to both appreciate and enjoy STEM subjects by using up-to-date technology.

This young ambassador has encouraged and stimulated the interest of younger pupils by ensuring that the robotics club maintains a profile at school events. It is hoped that this exposure to STEM concepts will nurture creative advancement in robotics and electronics, allow others to develop their skills in leadership, communication and teamwork and so much more. The foundations of building our future engineers are being fostered by the club.

Well done Jenna, we are all very proud of your achievement!


Congratulations to the school’s robotic teams: “Visible” and “Anonymous” for competing in the UK National Vex robotics competition in Telford.  The Vex Robotics Challenge is the World’s Largest and Fastest-Growing Robotics Competition for High Schools, Colleges and Universities. Nearly 60 teams had qualified for the UK finals, which took place at the Telford International conference centre. At the competition the North Lanarkshire teams took on the best of the UK and the two teams for Scotland were qualifiers for the elimination rounds. In the Competitions, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. The club has been very well supported by North Lanarkshire Council and includes pupils ranging from S1 to S4. Currently the Braidhurst High School STEM Club has 24 members including their mentor Jenna Young who is a S6 STEM ambassador. Jenna has taken on the commitment to support the younger less experienced members and is a good role model.


Twelve of our S3 pupils recently took part in the ‘Brilliant Club’ scholars programme which exists to increase the number of pupils progressing to highly-selective universities. The scholars programme provided the pupils with the opportunity to experience university style learning as they worked in small groups and were supported by a PhD level tutor over the course of the term in order to complete a  module culminating in a final assignment. The in-school tutorials were also complemented by a trip to Strathclyde University for the launch trip.

For a number of weeks our pupils worked along-side their PhD tutor, Clara Vergez. Pupils worked through a module titled ‘Visions of Vessels: How do doctors see disease inside the body?’ We are delighted to announce that all 12 pupils passed the programme, with a number of them achieving a first class pass. Their hard work and effort was rewarded with an invitation for them and their parents/carers to a fantastic graduation ceremony. The ceremony took place at the University of Edinburgh on Thursday 6th of February. Congratulations to all the pupils and thanks to Dr Gardner for supporting the pupils throughout the programme.