Do Scotland’s new energy experts live in the Outer Hebrides?

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The search is on to find school pupils in the Outer Hebrides 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 which is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).

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

Junior Saltire Award entries can be from a team of four pupils or a whole class and there are school prizes of up to £750 to be won.

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

Nine schools will be chosen as finalists from all of the Scottish entries. They will be invited for an all-expenses paid trip to try out their designs at the University of Strathclyde’s test tank on 7 June and attend the SCDI’s Celebration of Engineering and Science Showcase event at Glasgow’s Science Centre on 8 June.

Full details of how to enter the competition are available on the Skills Development Scotland website www.sds.co.uk/saltireprize.