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Youngsters get creative as part of Aberdeen Youth Games comp


Creative north-east youngsters saw their designs come to life at Robert Gordon University (RGU) last week as part of a competition to create a baton for the inaugural Aberdeen Youth Games.

Ten pupils from a range of Aberdeen City Schools took part in a workshop where they were assisted by Gray’s School of Art staff and students in building models of their baton designs using upcycled and recycled materials.

The pupils had been selected as the winners of individual schools competitions before being put forward to take part in the 3D modelling event at the art school.

The overall winning design and model, which will be chosen by a panel of judges at RGU, will be created at Gray’s School of Art and used in a baton relay between each school involved in the project as part of the Aberdeen Youth Games festival of sport.

The baton will be unveiled in the run up to the Games, which are being led by RGU’s Sport and Exercise Science team and Sport Aberdeen, and will see more than 1,500 pupils from across the city taking part.

They will participate in a number of activities this term, culminating in a Commonwealth Games themed sports festival at Aberdeen Sports Village on Friday, May 16.

Lenny Smith, Head of Design at Gray’s School of Art, co-ordinated the modelling workshop and said: “It was a brilliant event which everyone involved very much enjoyed. It is always a lot of fun when we have school pupils visit Gray’s and they had come up with some fantastic designs for staff and students to help model. It will be an extremely hard choice to choose a winner.”

Bryan McCann, lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at RGU, is leading the Aberdeen Youth Games project.

He said: “The design competition was a way of engaging schools in different aspects of the projects and I was very impressed by the creativity all of the pupils showed. We are all very excited to see the finished version of the chosen design, which will be unveiled in the lead up to the Games.”

Reece Carson (11), Braehead School, said: “It was really fun getting to make things and it was a good team effort. I had never been in a university before but I really liked it.”

Stoneywood School pupil, Emma Young (10), said: “When I found out I’d won the competition at my school and would get the chance to make my baton at RGU, I was very excited.”

Emily Manson (11), Brimmond School, added: “Seeing the baton take shape from my drawing into a model was really nice.”

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology