Milngavie pupils could claim major award

Milngavie’s Douglas Academy is just one step away from claiming the coveted 2014 Junior Saltire Award after seeing off competition from a record number of entries.

It is one of nine schools shortlisted after being asked to create, build and test a simple hydrokinetic generator which would be suitable for Scottish waters.

The finalists will test their models at the new FloWave facility at Edinburgh University on Wednesday, June 4.

Winners will be announced the following day at the Celebration of Engineering and Science at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.

There are school prizes of up to £750 and medals up for grabs.

East Dunbartonshire’s education convener, Councillor Eric Gotts, congratulated Douglas Academy on its progress in the competition.

He said: “Douglas Academy has a very strong record in this field and are, of course, the reigning Junior Saltire Award winners.

“The pupils have worked hard to reach the finals and I wish them the very best of luck for the next stage when it takes place next month.”