Four young engineers from the 11-pupil Daviot Primary School near Inverness have beaten 200 other schools to win the 2015 Junior Saltire Prize by designing and building a floating device to harvest energy from the waves.
Team Daviot have form in the competition, as they also took home second place in last year’s Junior Saltire.
The Highlanders claimed the 2015 medal with a device consisting of a plastic box weighed down with lead and containing a pendulum that is swung by the motion of the waves, powering a dynamo to generate electricity.
John Finnie has lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament to recognise the Daviot team’s achievement:
Motion S4M-13408:John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent
That the Parliament congratulates the pupils of Daviot Primary School on their success in the 2015 Junior Saltire Award; understands that the primary 6 and 7 pupils from the 11-pupil school won the award for designing their own floating wave energy device, which was tested by the University of Edinburgh’s FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility; notes that the school came second in the 2014 Junior Saltire Award, and believes that, for a small rural school, reaching the final twice in two years is a huge testament to the work of the staff and the pupils.
“For any school, reaching the final of a tough competition like the Junior Saltire twice in a row would be a huge achievement. It’s even more impressive for a small rural school. I hope the pupils and staff are thoroughly proud of themselves – I know I’m proud of them!
“Scotland boasts half of the European Union’s entire marine energy potential, so our sea is the key to the clean energy and skilled jobs of the future. With Scotland producing brilliant young engineers like the pupils of Daviot, it looks like our energy future will be in safe hands.”
The Junior Saltire Prize is the young people’s version of the Saltire Prize, a £10million Scottish Government competition to accelerate the development of wave and tidal energy technology.