The Academy’s Eco-Enrichment Team won a regional competition and enjoyed their prize – a fact-finding day on wind turbines.
The 11 Year 9s visited Danish renewable energy giant Ørsted’s base in Grimsby, in the shadow of its Dock Tower.
The team was given a short overview of Ørsted, which operates the world’s biggest windfarm from its East Coast Hub, before having the chance to make their own wind turbines.
They had a tour of its service operations vehicle the Edda Mistral before a buffet lunch with key staff.
The vessel had just returned from a stint in the North Sea maintaining Ørsted’s Hornsea One windfarm.
Mrs Cathie Bremner, who led the trip, said it had been an excellent day.
“The students were a credit to the Academy and enjoyed the trip,” she said.
They had won first prize in the Humber-wide competition run as part of a clean energy conference by NP11, the body set up by 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships to drive the Northern Powerhouse agenda.
Ørsted tweeted news of the students’ success to its 13,500 followers.
Lauren Little, Stakeholder Advisor at Ørsted, said: “We were delighted to host 11 students from The St Lawrence Academy at our East Coast Hub.
“It was a great day engaging the next generation to give them an insight into offshore wind and how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) can play an important role in unlocking some fantastic career opportunities.
“We loved their wind turbine creations and brilliant questions throughout the day.”
Ørsted, voted the world’s most sustainable company at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, employs 350 staff at its Grimsby maintenance base.
The St Lawrence Academy Principal Mike Adnitt thanked the firm for hosting the students and staff.
“They returned to the Academy full of enthusiasm about the day and what they had seen and heard,” said Mr Adnitt.
“We’re grateful to Ørsted and its team for making them feel so welcome and encouraging our students to think about STEM careers and, in particular, the wind turbine sector.”