Get­ting a charge out of wind power

The Glengarry News - - News -

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.

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