Two Aberdeen pupils are to represent the city in the grand final of a Scotland-wide competition designed to teach youngsters about green hydrogen.
More than 750 local school students took part in the Scottish Schools’ Hydrogen Challenge last week, which challenged them to design the most energy efficient LEGO vehicle.
They were given two hours to build hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles using LEGO components, LEGO motors and custom-made miniature fuel cell power supplies.
The car that travelled the farthest on the zero-emission fuel was then named the winner.
With a distance of 32.5 metres, the local heat was won by two pupils from Cults Academy who will now travel to Glasgow later this year to take part in the final at the COP26 climate conference.
Pupils from nine other academies took part in the Aberdeen competition – Oldmachar, Hazlehead, Cults, Northfield, St Machar, Dyce, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen Grammar, Bucksburn and Lochside
COP, short for Conference of the Parties, brings together the United Nations’ 197 members each year to advance global efforts to prevent climate change.
This year marks the 26th meeting, with countries due to finalise national action plans to cut emissions.
The winners, seen photographed with their winning design were presented with their first place certificate by Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing.
She said: “I was delighted to announce Cults Academy as the winner of this exciting challenge, and I’d like to say a huge well done to everyone who took part today.
“Promoting STEM subjects to our future workforce is critical, and seeing these pupils getting creative and excited about low carbon solutions at such a young age is really encouraging.
“Building a hydrogen economy is a huge part of Aberdeen’s future and a journey we are already on.
“Many of the young people in our city will have been on one of our hydrogen buses and we want them to understand this is just one part of our story.
“The hydrogen industry is creating jobs and opportunities for their future, and ultimately building a cleaner, more sustainable world for generations to come.”
Andy Williamson, head of energy transition at OPITO, said: “Aberdeen is uniquely placed to be a global leader in net zero energy skills that are critical to deliver the energy transition.
“Developing the enthusiasm, energy and skills needed to build a net zero energy future starts now. OPITO is delighted to support the Scottish Schools’ Hydrogen Challenge where we encourage the next generation to find the joy in problem solving, get hands-on with technology and inspire an all energy workforce for the future.”