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Young Engineers Through to National Final

4 June 2013

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Young Engineers Through to National Final

Eleven schools from all over Scotland have made it to the final of a coveted renewable energy awards scheme after seeing off competition from the country's brightest and best young designers.

The 2013 Junior Saltire Award saw record entries from schools across Scotland who were asked to create, design, build and test a wave powered generator which would be suitable for Scottish waters.

The schools shortlisted will test their models in the Test Tank at the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde  on Thursday, June 13, with the winners being announced the following day at the SECC Glasgow during the Celebration of Engineering and Science event at Big Bang Scotland.

Finalists for the award, managed by SDS in partnership with Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), include:

  • S4 to S6 - Ullapool High School, Trinity Academy from Edinburgh and St Ninian's High School from Giffnock
  • S1 to S3 - Alness Academy, Douglas Academy from Milngavie, Turnbull High School from Bishopbriggs and Sanday Community Junior High School from Orkney
  • P5 to P7 -  Port Ellen Primary from Islay, Evie Primary from Orkney, Olnafirth Primary from Shetland and Aldourie Primary from Inverness

Professor Sandy Day, Director of Laboratory and Infrastructure at the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, who was on the judging panel said: "Young people are environmentally aware and we need to encourage them to see engineering as a modern, high-tech industry which can make a positive contribution to protecting the environment, that's good for the industry, and for the whole of Scotland."

Rob Orr, Energy Sector Manager at SDS, said: "The Junior Saltire Award helps to develop an awareness of marine renewables and encourages young people to explore careers and investigate the skills that are required to work in this industry."

Jane Martin, Programme Director - Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland of SCDI, added: "This award generates considerable interest every year and we are delighted to work in partnership with SDS to raise awareness of marine renewables to a new generation of young people."


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Notes to Editors:

The Scottish Government set up The Saltire Prize, Scotland's £10 million challenge to accelerate the commercial development of marine energy. Scotland is particularly well-placed to do this given its history of technological innovation and its vast reserves of renewables potential.

The Scottish Government is funding the Junior Saltire Award for primary and secondary school pupils for the third successive year. 

The Big Bang Scotland is organised by a consortium led by Engineering UK and TechFest-SetPoint.  Members include the Scottish Government, STEMNET, Education Scotland, Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow Science Festival, Glasgow City of Science, Engineering Development Trust, Scottish Council for Development and Industry and the British Science Association.

Around 5,000 visitors are to attend The Big Bang Scotland 2013, which is set to be one of Scotland's biggest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for young people.

Primary age children and young people from all over Scotland will travel to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on Friday, June 14 for the fair, which aims to excite pupils about STEM subjects and encouraging and inspiring them to choose a career in these fields.

Dozens of interactive workshops and presentations will be on offer, as well as numerous hands-on activities for pupils to get involved in throughout the day.
Visit or follow on Twitter at @TBB_Scotland for more information.