DYW WH joins local politicians to judge at the Kinlochleven High Expo Event

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) events are highly useful for encouraging young school pupils to pick STEM related subjects at school and hopefully a career in one of these fields after education.

The Project Purpose

After visiting a local hydro turbine with Green Highland Renewables, S1 and S2 Kinlochleven High School pupils were set the task of creating a renewable energy manifesto that would include thinking of effective techniques that could be used to generate future power sources using renewable energy.  In groups, students had the fantastic opportunity to present their work to local politicians, Ian Blackford MP, Kate Forbes MSP and Councillor, Andrew Baxter, along with Colin Gilmour from Green Highland Renewables, Nick Thomson from Highland Council and Gena MacLean from DYW WH. Pupils were mainly scored on their ability to present their ideas to the judges and demonstrate the practicality of their renewable energy solutions.

The Winner Takes It All!

Through working well as a team and using their creative thinking and problem-solving skills, pupils came up with a range of ideas which included the use of a bridge turbine, windmill, solar panel and roof turbine. First place winners ‘COMD’ won the amazing prize of a visit to The Palace of Westminster and the opportunity to compete further in a competition held at the Royal Society in London! A huge congratulations to the winners and to all the pupils who participated!

Ian Blackford MP, for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, said on his Facebook page: “Green energy is a very important step forward for the good of the whole planet. Pupils of Kinlochleven High School S1/S2 have been encouraged to take part in a national competition coming up with some very interesting solutions to future power generation using renewable sources. It was my privilege to be one of the judges today and would like to congratulate all of the pupils who took part, but especially to winners Danny, Craig, Ian, Molly and Oran of S2, who now go on to a further competition at the Royal Society in London this December. I have also invited them to visit me in the Palace of Westminster and watch Parliament in operation.”

Gena MacLean, Programme Coordinator, DYW WH, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be part of the judging panel and I was very impressed with the thought and effort that went into preparing and presenting their projects. I wish them continued success as they progress.”


For further information about STEM opportunities or how to get involved with DYW WH, please phone us on: 01397 705765 or pop in and see us at: Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH.  Alternatively, you can email us on: info@dywwesthighland.org