Future’s bright – and windy – in Fife

Tracey Elliott from East Wemyss Primary with Jess Cooke (Trainer) and Gail Baillie from Parkhill Primary, Leven at teachers event at Hydrogen office, Methil

Tracey Elliott from East Wemyss Primary with Jess Cooke (Trainer) and Gail Baillie from Parkhill Primary, Leven at teachers event at Hydrogen office, Methil

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Sixteen Fife primaries will soon be measuring the wind in the playground and testing solar panels using an exciting free science resource.

The Heather’s Hut renewable energy project has been developed by Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC) and inspired by former BBC Scotland forecaster Dr Heather Reid OBE to encourage children to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

Project kits provide youngsters with science investigation equipment to help them delve in to the science of wind, solar and hydro renewable energy, and pupils have been challenged to create their own model garden hut demonstrating how renewables work, the best of which will be judged by Dr Reid in June.

Ahead of its arrival to schools later this month, teachers tried their hand at the series of fun experiments at Methil’s Hydrogen Office.

Dr Reid said: “The weather is one of our favourite talking points in Scotland, but it’s important to look at how it can be harnessed to produce electricity. Science is something I’ve made a fantastic, very interesting career out of, and the work that YESC is doing to engage the next generation of young scientists to think differently about the weather – and how we can harness it best for Scotland’s future – is very exciting.”