The P5-7 pupils at Sir E Scott school are currently working on a project that looks at the pros and cons of wind generation. They have been learning about the impact of windfarms on the environment and the economy. The Trust’s Energy Development Officer spent some time in class last week explaining how wind-turbines work, and showing the pupils where the Trust has installed turbines in North Harris. The classroom session was followed up by a trip the next day to the Monan Windfarm. On a good breezy day, they saw the unique two-bladed turbines operating at full power. They got up close to a stationary one, with a look inside the tower. Feedback from the day was positive. The bus driver now knows all about wind-turbines – the kids were quite enthusiastic on the trip back to school apparently.
We plan next time to show the Primary Science Club members around the Bunavoneader Hydro-electric scheme. We are fortunate to have access to these schemes. They are an excellent resource to help the schools introduce pupils to the renewables sector, which is becoming a major part of the Western Isles economy.