Schools wanted for renewables competition

THE SEARCH is on to find local school pupils who could be Scotland’s marine renewables experts of the future.

The competition is part of the of Skills Development Scotland’s 2012 Junior Saltire Awards.

Entries are being invited from the area’s primary five to seven pupils; S1 to S3; and S4 to S6 secondary pupils in the competition which is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).

Teams are being asked to register for the competition by January 31 and submit their design blueprint by February 29.

Primary five to seven pupils must design and build a simple wave powered generator to operate from a floating platform or from a beam placed across a test tank.

S1 and S3 pupils must design and build a simple wave powered generator and construct a model wave machine to work in conjunction with the generator.

Pupils in S4 to S6 have to design a wave powered generator, a wave-making machine to work in conjunction with the generator and a model to demonstrate the transmission of the power to produce light.

Full details of how to enter the competition are available on the Skills Development Scotland website www.sds.co.uk/saltireprize.