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Five-year-old Sian Freyja Graham may not look old enough to be a qualified engineer – but today she has an award to prove that she is!

Sian, who lives in Arnol and is in Gaelic medium Primary 1 at Sgoil Siabost, was at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen yesterday (Tuesday 16 May), accepting a winners award recognising her engineering design skills.

The young engineer had entered her design into a competition run by Primary Engineer Programmes, a company which promotes first steps in engineering by matching volunteer engineers with schools.

Yesterday’s presentation event marked the opening of a month-long exhibition of posters designed by school pupils from across Scotland, showing what they would do if they were an engineer.

Sian Freyja’s mum, Joanna Graham, said: “Sian designed a machine which makes rainbows when you press a heart-shaped button, shooting them out of its fingers to make people smile.”

The schoolgirl engineer, with mum Joanna and dad John Angus, spent the day in Aberdeen yesterday, ahead of a presentation at which all the winners received a trophy and a certificate.

The pictures show Sian with her trophy and certificate, and her winning poster on the wall behind her, and with mum and dad Joanna and John Angus Graham (Joanna Graham).