Aberdeen Windfarm Discovery event takes off at science centre

A young visitor pops into the science centre Windfarm Discovery event.
A young visitor ‘pops in’ to the science centre Windfarm Discovery event.

More than 950 people from across the North-east took the opportunity to learn more about wind energy and innovation after Aberdeen Science Centre opened its doors for free for the weekend as part of joint educational project with a Scandinavian utility which has commercial wind power developments in Scotland.

The Windfarm Discovery event (see photo) is the first of a series of outreach activities themed around offshore wind and technology that the science centre and the company behind the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Aberdeen bay – close to US president Donald Trump’s onshore golf course – have developed and which will run until September 2018.

Renewable energy CPD (continuous professional development) sessions will also be offered to teachers to give them the confidence to explore the science behind offshore wind in the classroom and help encourage future ambassadors for wind energy and innovation in the region. As part of this, resource kits to compliment the Curriculum for Excellence will be provided.

In addition, the science centre’s Stem Club for 7-11 year olds will deliver a series of hands-on workshops with a focus on and feature hands-on workshops and visits from experts on offshore wind technology.

Liz Hodge, Chief Executive, Aberdeen Science Centre, said: “We’ve been delighted by the huge turnout at the Windfarm Discovery weekend, which attracted everyone from families to professionals, and from a wide range of industries.

“We also hope to engage people in the project, allow them to think about career options in renewables and more generally expand knowledge when it comes to energy.”

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