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Brediland Primary pupils unveil wind turbine creation

Eco-aware youngsters at Brediland Primary in Paisley have helped create their own wind turbine to power some of their classroom equipment.

Primary 6 pupils have been working with lecturer Dr Patricia Munoz de Escalona and students at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to create the 2m high wind turbine.

Funded through a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Partnership grant awarded by the Royal Society, the project saw pupils and Masters students take part in a series of workshops and activities.

And the project was such a success, that the work created by the young people will now represent Scotland at Science on Stage - an event which celebrates STEM and shares information on new teaching concepts - in Portugal in October.

Acting Principal Teacher David Rigmand steered the young engineers through the project.

He said: "Creating their own wind turbine has been a fantastic experience for the young people.

"Every pupil has been engaged throughout the whole process and it's been great to see the plans evolve over the last year.

"Alongside developing their skills in STEM, the project has helped young people with their skills in communication and teamworking, which will stand them in great stead for the future.

"I'm very proud of everyone who took part and we're all really excited to represent Scotland at the event in October."

Brediland teachers and pupils celebrated the delivery of the wind turbine as the school unveiled its new STEM and digital literacy centre in this, its 60th year.

Doosan Babcock Chief Executive Officer - and former Brediland pupil - Andrew Colquhoun joined the school in its celebrations. 

The engineering firm was involved in some of the workshop sessions, and STEM ambassador Neil Brackenridge worked with the children at the Primary Engineers lunchtime club. 

Andrew said: "It's a real privilege for me to come back to my old school and find so many pupils engaged in this STEM project, and showing an interest in the energy and engineering sectors.

"One of our young engineers has supported the launch of the school's STEM club, and we hope to play our part in inspiring another generation of youngsters to pursue a career in this area."