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Record number of entries for renewable energy competition

Nine schools from across Scotland are just one step away from claiming the coveted 2014 Junior Saltire Award after seeing off competition from a record number of entries.

Teams were asked to create, build and test a simple Hydrokinetic Generator which would be suitable for Scottish Waters.

The shortlisted schools will test their models at the new FloWave facility at Edinburgh University on Wednesday 4 June 2014. The winners will be announced the following day at the Celebration of Engineering and Science at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, with school prizes of up to £750 and medals up for grabs.

Finalists for the competition, managed by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) in partnership with Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), are:

  • S4 to S6 - Douglas Academy from East Dunbartonshire, George Watson's College from Edinburgh and Braeview Academy from Dundee
  • S1 to S3 - St Augustine's RC High School from Edinburgh, Holy Rood High School from Edinburgh and Sanday Community School from Orkney
  • P5 to P7 - Daviot Primary School from the Highlands, Shieldaig Primary School from the Highlands and Olnafirth Primary School from Shetland

Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women's Employment, Angela Constance, will be at Murrayfield to present all the awards.

She explained: "Scotland is a world leader in the development of wave and tidal energy technologies. We need to do all we can to encourage pupils' participation in the key areas of science, technology engineering and mathematics, in order to meet the huge future demand of employers in sectors such as renewable energy.

"The Junior Saltire Award is a great way of harnessing the interest of young people by showing just what their knowledge and skills can achieve, in a high-tech environment like Edinburgh University. It is great to see finalists drawn from across Scotland and I look forward to meeting them and finding out more about the results of their work."

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

Ross Martin, CEO SCDI, added: "This initiative is a way in which to celebrate the positive role that young people can play in developing a future Scotland through their interest in engineering and science."

Tom Davey of FloWave, said: "We are delighted to invite the finalists to test their devices at the new FloWave test tank which offers a world-leading marine device test facility to allow testing in any combination of current and wave environments."



Carole Murphy, External Communications
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  • 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 pupils for the fourth successive year.
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