4 June 2013
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
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
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
Finalists for the award, managed by SDS in partnership with Scottish Council for Development and Industry
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
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
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.
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