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Students in Scotland to take part in nationwide Hydrogen competition

A new competition will encourage students to demonstrate the role that hydrogen can play in tackling climate change.

School pupils across Scotland will be challenged to build the best green-hydrogen powered lego vehicle. Pupils who can design a vehicle that can travel the furthest will win a spot in the regional final, which will be held at the Assembly Rooms on October 8th.

Pupils from James Gillespie’s High School, Broughton High School, The Royal High School, Leith Academy, Liberton High School, St Augustine’s High School, Portobello High School and Drummond High School are all taking part in the challenge.

The three best teams from the regionals will then take place in a grand final in Glasgow during the COP26 conference in November.

Cllr Ian Perry, education, children and families convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: ‘Engaging and empowering young people on climate change is vital as Edinburgh transitions towards net-zero by 2030.

‘Green hydrogen has the potential to prevent millions of tonnes from being released into the atmosphere. This competition is an excellent opportunity to engage young people in innovating for a net-zero future whilst also creating a learning environment which will drive higher levels of creativity and improve peer collaboration.’

Cllr Adam McVey, Leader of City of Edinburgh Council, added: ‘We know that climate change is a subject which is really important to young people across our city.

‘This national challenge not only provides young people with opportunities to apply learning from STEM subjects to this competition but will help to highlight the role that new technologies such as green-hydrogen play in helping to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change.

‘It will also provide the finalists with a unique and memorable experience of competing at COP26 during the global conference and show we can be inspired by the solutions to climate change.’

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