Buchan pupils get energised

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Pupils from Peterhead and Mintlaw academies were given the opportunity to learn about a range of renewable topics at this year’s All-Energy event in Aberdeen.

Organised by Aberdeen Council, Aberdeenshire Council, the Energy Institute and SPE Aberdeen, All-Energy hosted an Education Day at its recent 2011 conference which was aimed at teachers and careers advisors to help raise awareness of the renewables sector.

The event also hosted the final of the ‘Electrocity Challenge’ where Buchan students along with other teams from Meldrum, Mackie and Turriff academies went head to head in an interactive challenge based on the use of renewables and other energy sources for a ‘virtual city’.

The teams of pupils then had to prepare and deliver a presentation of their findings to the rest of the attendees at the event.

Education Day also saw representatives from a range of businesses led round table discussions to provide valuable industry information to subject-specialist teachers and career guidance experts.

Colin Black, SPE careers guidance chairman (Aberdeen Section), said: “This event focused on sharing information with teachers and pupils so they are better informed about the ‘whole energy’ sector and careers within it.

“This includes the ‘energy mix’ of hydrocarbons and renewable as well as the vital role the oil and gas sector plays now and in the future.

“This is a global energy industry with many opportunities for young people – SPE Aberdeen aims to continue to provide background information, facts, guidance on career paths and information on how to enter the industry.

“This event is a positive step towards this.”

SPE Careers Guidance (Aberdeen Section) sponsored the laptops that the pupils used for their presentation and, along with other hosts, provided tour guides for teachers and pupils to meet many of the businesses exhibiting at the show.

Teachers from each school were also given Oil & Gas books to provide a balanced view of the ‘energy mix’.