The PowerHouse participated at the Inverness Science Festival 2022 Family Day where a number of STEM activities were conducted including building snap circuits and circuit symbols hunt. Educational Wind Turbine Kits were distributed for the winners of the circuit symbol hunt. In addition, the PowerHouse Project Manager delivered a lecture to the families at UHI’s Inverness Lecture Theatre on Inverness Campus where he introduced the different types of renewable energy sources and explained the expected opportunities and benefits to the local society from the upcoming renewable energy projects in the region.
In October 2022, the PowerHouse in collaboration with UHI North Highland College’s Creative Arts Department organised a film making event for secondary school pupils to learn about renewable energy and the sustainable energy projects in the Cromarty Firth alongside industry professionals.
School pupils from Invergordon Academy and Dingwall Academy were able to learn in a creative way about the offshore wind industry, hydrogen and ammonia fuel cells production and testing conducted at the labs of the University of St. Andrews, and the transition from the oil and gas to renewables taking place at the Ports of Cromarty Firth and Nigg.
The day consisted of several workshops that commenced with an educational presentation about green hydrogen and floating offshore wind delivered by Mina Hanna, Project Manager at the PowerHouse. Followed by storyboarding, filming, music composition, sound production and post-production led by UHI lecturers, Peter Noble and Anna McPherson, with support from 4th year film making student, John Baikie and lecturer, Stephen Bull. Pupils led and conducted live interviews with Steve Chisholm, Director of Operations and Innovation at the Global Energy Group and Mina Hanna, The PowerHouse Project Manager. The pupils had access to a recorded interview with Dr. Paul Connor, Senior Research and Teaching Fellow at St. Andrews University’s School of Chemistry.
In addition to their interview footage, the pupils also had access to photos and videos captured by students on UHI’s Contemporary Film Making degree. The students had filmed at different key locations around the Cromarty Firth and the University of St Andrews to create educational content for the pupils to gain knowledge, edit and incorporate into their films.
We’d like to thank UHI North Highland College and our partners from the Global Energy Group and the University of St Andrews/Hydrogen Accelerator for their support to the event.