Douglas Academy pupils win a place in design finals

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It’s official - some of the country’s brightest and best young designers come from Douglas Academy in Milngavie.

Some of the S1 to S3 pupils have made it to the final of a coveted renewable energy awards after beating off competition from schools across Scotland.

The 2013 Junior Saltire Awards saw record entries from pupils who were asked to create, design, build and test a wave powered generator which would be suitable for Scottish waters.

The schools shortlisted will test their models in the Test Tank at the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at Strathclyde University on Thursday, June 13, with the winners being announced the following day at the SECC in Glasgow during the Celebration of Engineering and Science event at Big Bang Scotland.

Marine engineering professor Sandy Day, from Strathclyde University, said: “Young people are environmentally aware and we need to encourage them to see engineering as a modern, high-tech industry which can make a positive contribution to protecting the environment.”