Young renewable energy experts will descend on the Scottish Parliament on January 30, as four school teams from across the Highlands and Islands battle it out to win the grand final of the Big Green Challenge debating competition.
Teams from Gairloch High School, Sandwick Junior High School, Arran High School and Portree High School will go head-to-head in the famous Parliament building in Edinburgh. Two initial debates will be held to determine the two teams that take part in the final, decisive debate.
The three members of the winning team will jet off on a trip to Iceland to witness renewable energy projects first-hand, as well as visiting the Blue Lagoon and the geothermal area of Geysir. The runners-up will visit the Eden Project in Cornwall, the vast domes of which house the world’s largest greenhouse.
The Big Green Challenge is an innovative project organised by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which has helped pupils in 1st to 3rd year across the region gain a better understanding of renewable energy. Over 120 pupils have taken part in this year’s competition, with two prior rounds whittling the participants down to the final twelve.
Anna Allan, senior development manager in HIE’s Energy Team, says: “We have some fantastically talented young people taking part this year, and from the quality of teams I have seen so far, it’s bound to be a very close-run competition.
“This year’s Big Green Challenge has seen an incredible response across the region.