Ollie Holloway, a 7-year-old pupil from Roch school in Pembrokeshire has named the first floating wind platform from project Erebus. The school took part in Blue Gem Wind’s STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) focussed education programme. The first of the project’s seven platforms will be called ‘Yellow Thunder’.
Mike Scott, Project Managing Director at Blue Gem Wind, explained; “In collaboration with PCF and Marine Energy Wales we have developed a number of educational resources aimed at working with primary school students on climate change and the things we can do to minimise the impacts. Getting children excited about renewables at an early age is important, particularly as offshore wind is new to the region. We hope we can inspire local school children to think about a career in offshore wind and focus on STEM subjects at an early age.”
Lesson materials that have been designed to support the new curriculum for Wales include an animation entitled “The Seagull & the Storm”, which follows Roisín Renewables and her friend the Seagull as they learn about fossil fuels and their impacts on climate around the world.
Carl Evans, Head Teacher at Roch School, said, “This project is an excellent example of a real world cross curricular project which are a cornerstone of the new curriculum for Wales. I am very pleased that Ollie and the school’s name will be displayed on ‘Yellow Thunder’”.
David Jones, Stakeholder Manager, added, “We are delighted that local schools are taking part in our education programme and look forward to continuing to deliver it over the coming years. Ollie has named what could be the first of many floating wind platforms deployed in the Celtic Sea that will enable us to deliver on essential climate change targets. We love the name ‘Yellow Thunder’ and look forward to working with schools to name the rest of the platforms in project Erebus.”