A new competition aimed at inspiring school children to research offshore wind technologies and build a working floating wind turbine is being launched in the north-east next week.
Knots to Watts is open to primary and secondary throughout Scotland and teams of four have until Wednesday, December 15 to register.
It is the first offshore wind competition of its kind and will culminate with pupils presenting their research portfolio at a Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) event next June.
The winners will receive Swedish energy group Vattenfall’s cutting-edge 3D Virtual Reality Development programme, which allows them to create their own wind energy project at school and view it using virtual reality visors.
Melanie Reid, Young Engineers and Science Club Scotland programme manager said: “This competition is a fantastic way for young people to develop their interest in science and engineering; while gaining valuable skills for learning, life and work and gaining a real insight into the energy sources of the future and the career opportunities these provide.”
Knots to Watts is supported by Crown Estate Scotland, Institute of Physics in Scotland (IOPS) and Vattenfall and will be launched at Aberdeen Science Centre on Thursday, November 15.
It is being delivered by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) through its Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) network.
Schools can register for the competition or find out more on the Young Engineers & Science Clubs Scotland website or by contacting Melanie Riddell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01463 218667.