The search is on in Angus

The search is on to find Angus school pupils who could be Scotland’s marine renewables experts of the future and the winners of Skills Development Scotland’s 2012 Junior Saltire Awards.

Entries are being invited from the area’s primary five to seven pupils, S1 to S3, and S4 to S6 secondary pupils in the competition which is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI).

It follows the success of last year’s inaugural Junior Saltire Awards and the aim is to raise awareness of the opportunities Scotland has to exploit its wave power potential.

In April 2008 the Scottish Government set up the Saltire Prize, Scotland’s £10million challenge to accelerate the commercial development of marine energy. Scotland boasts a quarter of Europe’s tidal power and a tenth of its wave power.

Junior Saltire Award entries can be from a team of four pupils or a whole class and there are school prizes of up to £750 to be won. Teams are being asked to register for the competition by January 31 and submit their design blueprint by February 29. The next step is to create a working model by April 30.

Primary five to seven pupils must design and build a simple wave powered generator to operate from a floating platform or from a beam placed across a test tank.

S1 and S3 pupils must design and build a simple wave powered generator and construct a model wave machine to work in conjunction with the generator.

Pupils in S4 to S6 have to design a wave powered generator, a wave-making machine to work in conjunction with the generator and a model to demonstrate the transmission of the power to produce light.

Nine schools will be chosen as finalists from all of the Scottish entries. They will be invited for an all-expenses paid trip to try out their designs at the University of Strathclyde’s test tank on June 7 and attend the SCDI’s Celebration of Engineering and Science Showcase event at Glasgow’s Science Centre on June 8.

Full details of how to enter the competition are available on the Skills Development Scotland website