STIRLING’S MP Stephen Kerr attended the McLaren High School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Festival held at the school last Saturday.

Stephen spent time visiting the various displays that pupils had presented of their projects.

Pictures show Stephen at Gregg McLachlan’s Drone Drop project – Gregg has developed a release mechanism operated by his mobile phone that allowed his drone to carry and drop payloads or various weights (a tennis ball and a parachute).

The pupil demonstrated this later in the day by successfully releasing a parachute from his drone from over 150 metres altitude.

Stephen said: “What a fascinating and inspiring day. There were so many brilliant projects to see. There has been a huge amount of work done.

“It just shows how much enthusiasm there is for these subjects and I was delighted to meet lots of young women who want to be engineers which is fantastic.

“Well done to McLaren High School and everyone involved and I am looking forward to next year’s event already.”