Climate change

Young people have the wind in their sails to fight climate change thanks to SSE


Glasgow SCHOOL students recently helped accelerate change in the run-up to COP26.

S1 youth at St. Thomas Aquinas RC High School in the northwest of the city learned about floating wind turbine technology as part of the SSE Renewables STEM Leadership initiative.

The program aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with enthusiasm for the types of renewable energy projects that SSE is carrying out in the UK and around the world.

Students designed, built and tested models of floating wind turbines using recycled materials with the help and input of teams of graduates and engineers from SSE Renewables.

The project ran alongside the school’s science and technology curriculum and complemented classes on power generation, sustainability and biodiversity.

Andy Lewin, Floating Wind, Project Director at SSE Renewables said:

“It has been a highlight of the past year working with the staff and students at St. Thomas Aquinas RC High School.

“The Recycled Floating Wind Challenge resulted in many innovative designs and the students clearly took a long time to apply their learning and design their model and posters, I want to congratulate all the student teams for their hard work and their fascinating design solutions to one of the biggest challenges facing the offshore renewable energy industry today.

“It is clear to me that this has been a valuable learning experience and I hope students are inspired to continue learning about climate change and all the amazing technologies being developed in Scotland and around the world to help win the race to net zero. ”

Director Claire McInally said:

“Our S1 students loved working in partnership with SSE staff on this exciting challenge. They felt empowered to be agents of change in this very important climate issue. Ideas for prototype floating wind farm ships really inspired the students and their ideas were outstanding. ”

“After talking to the students throughout the day, they told me that they now see that they can work in this industry and that people like them are changing the world by working in such jobs every day. There is no doubt the day was a lot of fun, but left a legacy where our students are now better informed and inspired to take their own small steps to lead climate change and the support of our SSE partners has been essential to this regard. ”


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