Drone Hill wind farm becomes outdoor classroom

Eyemouth Primary School's visit to Drone Hill Wind Farm.
Eyemouth Primary School's visit to Drone Hill Wind Farm.

Eyemouth Primary School’s P6 pupils headed out of the classroom to Drone Hill wind farm on Coldingham Moor to see how wind power works.

Studying Scotland’s renewable energy sector as part of the Curriculum for Excellence, P6 pupils were able to take advantage of the nearby Drone Hill and see the wind turbines in action.

They wanted to find out how the 22 turbines work; how much energy is produced and what the turbines are made of. And the chance to go inside the turbine was eagerly taken up by pupils, teachers and bus driver!

Site manager Paul Donaldson said: “We want to welcome young people to their local wind farm so that they can learn about the role renewable energy plays in Scotland’s society and economy.

“Drone Hill will be here for 25 years in total, so perhaps we’ll see some of the kids from today’s visit maintaining these turbines in the future.”

Teacher Fiona Swain, impressed with the children’s engagement with the topic, added: “The children came back from the site all fired up to do some more research on wind energy in general and didn’t even moan when I asked them to write a report on today’s visit!”

Wind farm operator AES Wind Generation is keen to welcome even more school and youth groups to the site, and has further visits from Eyemouth Primary and Eyemouth High School science classes lined up.

Curriculum for Excellence suggested science projects include researching statistics from a fossil fuel power station and a wind farm and compare the levels of energy produced and their environmental impact. Technology projects include setting up a small wind turbine or windmill on school grounds.

Groups interested in visiting the site should contact Claire Addison on claire.addison@aes.com.