Call for next-gen renewable energy innovators

Students are being challenged to come up with innovative renewable energy devices as part of a new competition in Scotland. The Junior Saltire Awards 2015 is inviting students across three […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Students are being challenged to come up with innovative renewable energy devices as part of a new competition in Scotland.

The Junior Saltire Awards 2015 is inviting students across three age groups – P5-P7, S1-S3 and S4-S6 – to design, build and test their own floating technology that uses river streams, tidal currents or artificial water channels to create electricity.

The prize was launched in 2011 to raise awareness among young people of the exciting developments within the marine renewable sector in Scotland.

The competition is funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Diane Hill, Energy Partnership Manager at SDS said: “Not only does this competition give school pupils the chance to learn about the growing sector of marine renewables but it’s the ideal way for young people to develop their interest in STEM subjects.”

Teams of four in each age group have until 19th December to register.

Those that reach the final will have the chance to test their gadgets at the University of Edinburgh’s FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility.