During the event the pupils used virtual reality software to design a windfarm and were able to visualize 360-degree designs of wind farms using a VR headset. The groups were taught how to manage costs for their infrastructure and delivered presentations about their projects.
Andy Dennison who delivered the courses with his colleague Naomi McFarlane said:
“It was great to see the pupils work with real enthusiasm. Whilst the focus was on developing their STEM skills, the programme incorporates teamwork, communication and presentation skills to help build confidence and develop employability skills which are transferable to any job in and industry”.
Kevin Briggs from UHI Shetland said:
“The students seemed really engaged. We look forward to working in partnership with Viking Energy Wind Farm, 3DW and DYW in the near future.”
DYW Shetland’s School Coordinator, Emily van Tonder, She said:
“DYW is all about linking school pupils and employers together to offer work relevant education. Both SSE Renewables and the team from 3DW were great to work with, enthusiastic about engaging with our young people and teaching transferable skills for the workplace. It was a great event which both pupils and attending teachers enjoyed.”
Julie Graham, Community Engagement Manager for the Viking Energy Wind Farm project said:
“We sponsored this interactive event so that young people in Shetland could get a better understanding of the processes involved in designing wind farms and as part of our ongoing commitment to working with schools."
“Working in partnership with DYW was essential to the events success as they coordinated with the schools to ensure maximum participation. Due to how well they were received we are hoping to do it again in the Autumn.”