Shell brings CCS to Peterhead classrooms

These pupils were delighted to take part in the very special workshops
These pupils were delighted to take part in the very special workshops

Chocolate rocks, bubbling lava lamps and marshmallow-based CO2 molecules were among the ‘scientific’ creations when over 230 local pupils donned lab coats and safety glasses for a learning event with a difference.

Primary 7 pupils from eight schools in the Peterhead Primary Network came together on Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25 for workshops aimed at building their understanding of the energy challenge, the role of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in meeting that challenge and the geological formation of the North Sea seabed.

The event was hosted by the Peterhead CCS Project team – who are progressing plans for the world’s first such project on a gas-fired power station – and the Global CCS Institute.

These action-packed workshops used fun experiments, creative challenges and interactive presentations to build on the pupils’ knowledge of energy, and introduced them to the proposed CCS project on their doorstep. GeoBus – a mobile team of teachers who ‘bus’ to schools all over Scotland and run geology-based education modules – were also there, helping to bring the geology of the Goldeneye reservoir (where CO2 from the Peterhead project will be stored) to life.

Shell’s Project Lead for Peterhead, Bill Spence, said: “We were overwhelmed by the response from the schools when we put forward the idea of the CCS workshops and we were really impressed by how fully and enthusiastically the pupils participated on both days.

“Energy is a topic on which they clearly spend a lot of time in their classrooms, and this was an opportunity to complement their regular classwork with some hands-on experiments and interactive challenges.

“These children are the leaders of tomorrow and the ones who will ultimately benefit from the long-term development impacts of CCS and other technologies.”

The workshops took place in Peterhead Central School and pupils from Central, Buchanhaven, Clerkhill, Port Erroll, St Fergus, Meethill, Anna Richie and Dales Park took part.