Knots to watts
In 2017 Vattenfall teamed up SCDI, The Crown Estate Scotland and the Institute of Physics in Scotland to bring the Knots to Watts innovative offshore wind technologies competition to Scottish primary and secondary schools. Schools are being challenged to research and design, build and test a wind turbine which creates electricity.
Free kits are available to all schools and groups that would like to participate. Click here to request a free kit. Click here for the competition brief.
Teams will be invited to present their research portfolio and test their floating wind turbine models at our National Celebration of STEM 2018, taking place at Glasgow Science Centre on 8 June 2018.
Vattenfall are offering a unique 3D virtual reality workshop to the winners of the Knotts to Watts competition. Vattenfall and 3DW will bring specially developed software to the winning school, which allows students to build a virtual offshore wind project. Using Oculus Rift 3D Virtual Reality goggles students and teachers will be able to fly through and review their project in 3DVR.
This most up to date technology and visualisation package helps students develop an informed and well-rounded appreciation of the complexities of wind farm development, whilst the programme also encourages collaboration and leadership.
SCDI STEM Celebration
Annually, SCDI host a regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) celebration which invites around 100 school pupils to participate in a showcase event organised by Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC). Last year Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm sent a team to the Aberdeen Science Centre with an engineering challenge for the participants.
Each school brought along a team of budding engineers who were tasked with completing a hands-on STEM challenge. Vattenfall challenged the groups to build the most energy efficient turbine, selecting the correct number of blades, the correct blade angle and the most suitable direction of wind which would maximise the output. Each group was assessed on their team work, problem solving abilities and who could produce the highest output voltage. All groups completed a circuit of challenges provided by the 10 companies involved. An educational and innovative day was had by all.
Click here to view more photos of the 2017 event.