Search on for young energy experts

The search is on to find Borders school pupils who could be Scotland’s marine renewables experts of the future and the winners of Skills Development Scotland’s 2012 Junior Saltire Awards.

Entries are being invited from the area’s primary five to seven pupils; S1 to S3; and S4 to S6 secondary pupils in the competition.

It follows the success of last year’s awards and the aim is to raise awareness of the opportunities Scotland has to exploit its wave power potential.

Teams are being asked to register for the competition by January 31 and submit their design blueprint by February 29. The next step is to create a working model by April 30.

Primary five to seven pupils must design and build a simple wave powered generator to operate from a floating platform or from a beam placed across a test tank. S1 and S3 pupils must design and build a simple wave powered generator and construct a model wave machine to work in conjunction with the generator.

Pupils in S4 to S6 have to design a wave powered generator, a wave-making machine to work in conjunction with the generator and a model to demonstrate the transmission of the power to produce light.

The nine finalists will be invited to try out their designs at the University of Strathclyde’s test tank and attend the SCDI’s Celebration of Engineering and Science Showcase event at Glasgow. Details of how to enter the competition are on the Skills Development Scotland website www.sds.co.uk/saltireprize.