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Edinburgh pupils on the crest of a wave

posted 24 May 2011, 08:55 by Alistar Frater
Pupils from Edinburgh’s George Watson College and Dalmeny Primary are finalists in Skills Development Scotland’s search for the country’s top energy-related education project.

The team will travel to Glasgow’s Science Centre next month when the winning school in the Junior Saltire Awards will receive their prize from Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond.

Skills Development Scotland is running several competitions for school pupils, backed by the Scottish Government and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, that are designed to promote interest and awareness in renewable energy.

The competitions culminate at the Celebration of Engineering and Science showcase event on 10 June, which is hosted by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).

Pupils from the George Watson’s College will be competing against seven other finalists for the top slot and a prize of up to £750 to be spent on science and technology resources for their school. There are four primary schools and four secondary schools shortlisted for the junior versions of the Scottish Government’s Saltire Award.

Dalmeny Primary is a finalist in the Heather’s Hut competition, a national contest to promote renewable energy, supported by ex television weather forecaster Dr Heather Reid OBE.

Skills Development Scotland’s Chief Executive Damien Yeates said: “The quality of entries in all of the energy competitions has been outstanding. The imagination and innovation shown by pupils in primary and secondary schools across the country is inspired and I think shows great awareness of Scotland’s natural resources and a determination to use them wisely. I wish the teams all the best in the competition and thank them and the teaching staff for their hard work.”

SCDI Chief Executive Dr Lesley Sawers said: “Scotland's natural resources and our young people are two of our greatest assets. It's vital that we get the message across to school pupils about the huge potential of harnessing the power of Scotland's land and sea for renewable energy. SCDI has been pleased to work with the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland to launch the new Junior Saltire Prize and Green Energy Awards through our Young Engineers and Science Clubs programme. This is the pipeline of talent that will help make Scotland's ambition of being a world leader in renewables a reality."