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Alness team scoop Scottish science prize (13/06/12)
Alness Geoscience club, representing Alness Academy, have won the Scottish Government’s Junior Saltire Prize Award 2012 (S1-S3) for innovation in marine renewable energy.
The team travelled to Glasgow's Science Centre last Friday to attend the Celebration of Science and Engineering and to take part in the Junior Green Energy Awards, which were sponsored by Skills Development Scotland and backed by the Scottish Government.
The Awards are designed to promote interest and awareness in renewable energy and are part of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry annual Celebration of Engineering and Science.
The team were tasked with designing and building a simple wave powered generator and to construct a model wave machine to work in conjunction with the wave generator. This was tested the day before the awards at Strathclyde University in a wave tank to measure the power output.
The following day the young scientists showcased at Glasgow Science Centre for the final judging. The team of Emma Roddick, Josie Tolliday and Cassie Armstrong, all S3, were accompanied by Rachael Macrae ,Daniel Nicholson and Emilia Stewart from S2 and Mrs Ballingall, Mr Ferrie and Mr Malicki.
Head teacher of Alness Academy, Ken MacIver is delighted with the success. He said: “Once again we are all immensely proud of our club and the team’s achievements in another national competition. To have won this Saltire Prize Award is a great achievement particularly as there is such a strong emphasis on marine renewable energy for the future.”