Getting a charge out of wind power
Students in grades 7 and 8 at Glengarry District High School in Alexandria competed in the Skills Ontario Green Energy Challenge recently.
They had 5.5 hours to construct a working model wind turbine out of select materials including wood, spoons, paper cups, dowels, gears, cardboard discs, elastics, and small DC motors.
Students have been learning about sustainable energy, economic development, structures and systems in Science and Geography. In addition, students have been developing skills using hand tools (hand saw, utility knives, hand dills, and hammers). This project brought together their learning and challenged them to develop skills in team work, communication, and time management.
In the afternoon, several judges from the community joined students and judged the completed wind turbines. Students were judged based on their design drawings, construction of the wind turbine, team work, oral presentation and voltage output.
This year’s top team was able to produce an impressive 1.35V of energy from its turbine.
The top three teams will advance to the regional Skills Ontario competition in February.
Finishing first were Micah Santourian, Jade Berthiaume and Emily Branchaud. Second were Altesse De Souza, Tiana Ali, Caleb Hardy and Jacob Ranger. In third place were Parker Bolen, Alexis Smith, Ella Picard and Rowen McCormick.