Students in Aberdeenshire are set to learn about the importance of biomass boiler heating devices in energy production, as part of a series of new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-focused workshops.
Peterhead Academy is partnering with Aberdeenshire Council and Equinor to launch TechFest, which will provide these lessons to S1 and S2 pupils, the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce revealed.
The Hywind STEM Hub Project is aimed at teaching youngsters technologies and skills used in the renewable energy industry, and the workshops will be conducted in Peterhead Academy’s new Hywind STEM Hub facility.
Managing director of TechFest Sarah Chew said: “It’s so important that school pupils are given the opportunity to learn about key sectors like renewable energy, which will continue to be a major employer by the time they leave education.”
She stated that pupils will be using the STEM skills they have learnt to build model wind turbines with desktop fans.
Nearly 500 students will get involved in the first round of workshops this month, with the project helping many youngsters discover whether they would like to pursue careers in this industry.
The new hub, created in collaboration with Equinor’s Hywind Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council and the school, only opened last November and is aimed at teaching pupils more about renewables.
Later this summer, TechFest is also hosting its annual festival between August 24th and September 28th.
Family events, such as talks, tours and shows, will be held throughout the north-east of Scotland to encourage an interest in STEM subjects among children.