Wood­land El­e­men­tary gets so­lar pow­ered

The Compass - - OPINION -

A car­bon foot­print is de­fined as the to­tal sets of green­house gas emis­sions caused by an or­ga­ni­za­tion, event, prod­uct or per­son.

The stu­dents and staff at Wood­land El­e­men­tary in Dildo took steps this year to lower the school’s car­bon foot­print.

At the school, Ger­ald McCarthy’s Grade 4 classes learned about so­lar en­ergy and the sci­en­tific process. In their lessons, stu­dents per­formed ex­per­i­ments to gain more knowl­edge on the sub­ject.

One of these ex­per­i­ments com­pared three dif­fer­ent types of light bulbs in or­der to find which ones used the most en­ergy. They com­pared the reg­u­lar in­can­des­cent bulbs, flu­o­res­cent bulbs and LED bulbs.

Through their find­ings, they de­ter­mined the LED bulbs used the most en­ergy, with flo­res­cent bulbs com­ing in a close sec­ond.

The class even went as far as to pur­chase their own so­lar panel, con­verter and bat­tery to fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tional ex­ploits and learn how so­lar en­ergy works.

The group se­cured $1,000 fund­ing from the Youth En­gage­ment Fund­ing Ini­tia­tive through the Con­ser­va­tion Corps New­found­land and Labrador.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Stu­dents from Ger­ald McCarthy’s (back) Grade 4 in Wood­land El­e­men­tary in Dildo are shown here with a so­lar panel. The group have been us­ing the so­lar panel to help learn about so­lar en­ergy.

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