Local school children learn about the power of wind

BLOWING IN THE WIND. Learning about the power of wind energy are St Anne's pupils Tiernan McFadden and Kayte Rodgers with Action Renewables' Education Officer, Laura Coey.INBM22-12 9006F.
BLOWING IN THE WIND. Learning about the power of wind energy are St Anne's pupils Tiernan McFadden and Kayte Rodgers with Action Renewables' Education Officer, Laura Coey.INBM22-12 9006F.

Pupils from three local primary schools have been exploring the benefits of wind energy thanks to an educational partnership between leading Northern Ireland wind farm company RES and Action Renewables.

St. Patrick’s, Loughguile, St. Anne’s, Corkey and Cloughmills Primary Schools have each taken part in an educational workshop programme aimed at improving children’s awareness of renewable energy technology and the important role it will play in developing a sustainable future in Northern Ireland.

The class-room programmes were delivered by Action Renewables with the support of RES and focused on the power of wind energy. Pupils learnt about Northern Ireland’s abundant wind supply by making ‘Whirly Mills’ – miniature wind mills - and participating in open discussions about wind energy. The workshops involved a range of fun activities both inside and outside the classroom.

Commenting on the local schools programme, Jennifer McCorry, Project Manager, RES, said –

“We were really encouraged by how stimulated the pupils were by the importance of wind energy in the development of a sustainable future. They all enjoyed making the ‘Whirly Mills’ as part of the workshops which introduced a fresh approach to learning about climate change whilst underpinning their current curriculum requirements.”

RES is a leading UK renewable energy company and has developed 14 wind farms in Northern Ireland since the early 1990s.  Worldwide RES has developed and/or built more than 6.5GW of wind energy capacity. The company’s Northern Ireland office is based at Willowbank Business Park, Larne.