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Monday, 30 July 2018

Three creative pupils from Simpson Primary School have won passes for M&D’s, Scotland’s Theme Park following a competition to design their very own model theme park.

The school in Bathgate tasked each of its pupils from its nursery up to the primary 7 class with completing the project as part of its STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) curriculum.

Teachers invited staff from M&D’s, Scotland’s Theme Park to judge the 24 shortlisted entries. Pupils presented their ideas and models to Helen Simpson and Kirsteen Boyle who helped to choose the winners.

Each of the four winners received a #funtastical day out at the theme park which included ride all day wristbands, entry to Amazonia and food vouchers for a family of four.

The M&D’s staff were so impressed with all of the models, they also rewarded the remaining 20 finalists with a ride all day wristband voucher each.

Andrew Aitken, class teacher at Simpson Primary School, said: “"At Simpson Primary we recognise the positive impact STEM tasks can have on our pupils learning. The STEM curriculum is particularly important in the context of developing a young workforce and we often see high pupil engagement in these tasks.

“For our Summer term challenge, we picked the theme park context as it was one which many pupils had a prior understanding of and we also felt it gave ample opportunities to develop STEM skills.

“Every class was very enthusiastic and we had so many fantastic models that we decided to approach the experts at Scotland’s Theme Park to help decide the winners.

“The shortlisted pupils were very excited to present their designs to the M&D’s Sales and Marketing team.”

Matthew Taylor, managing director of M&D’s Theme Park, said: “We were delighted to be asked to help judge the school’s competition and supply a prize for the winners to enjoy.

“Helen and Kirsteen were very impressed by all of the models and loved hearing more about the rides the pupils had designed.

“We hope the winners have an amazing day out with their families at M&D’s, Scotland’s Theme Park.”