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Knots to Watts

A challenge to build a floating wind turbine!

Knots to Watts

Knots to Watts is an exciting competition aimed at inspiring primary and secondary schools to research innovative offshore wind technologies.

Students will use this knowledge to design, build and test their own floating wind turbine which generates electricity. Following registration, a free kit of components will be provided to incorporate into your design.

Teams will be invited to present their research portfolio and test their floating wind turbine models at our National Celebration of STEM 2021 taking place in Glasgow!

The competition is supported by the Crown Estate Scotland, Equinor and the Institute of Physics in Scotland.


Minimum of 1 participant, maximum of 33 participants.


This project could be completed to a basic level over a number of hours or form part of a larger whole class project. It culminates in a 1-day showcase and competition.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Energy/Environment
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Problem Solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

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Climate Smarter

Climate Smarter is YESC’s latest topical STEM project in partnership with Vattenfall and Wood.

  • Ages 8 to 15
  • In-school
  • 8 x 1 hour sessions and a 1 day showcase
  • Cost may apply

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