With a project like the new wind turbine in front of its high school/middle school, it's not surprising that the Chartiers Valley School District was among America's most challenging high schools in Pennsylvania, according to a recent article by The Washington Post.
Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students learned how the turbine, which converts kinetic energy from the wind into electrical power, generates energy, and operates the electronic sign display near the campus entrance off of Thoms Run Road in Collier.
The project, which was dedicated Friday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, has given the students an opportunity to see how a wind turbine is constructed and learn about the importance of alternative energy sources, teachers say.
Money to purchase the wind turbine came from a $5,000 Great Ideas grant from the Consortium for Public Education. The wind turbine is part of the middle school's Gateway to Technology program, which helps students understand how technology and engineering are used to solve problems.
Additionally, the program encourages study and the development of collaborative critical thinking skills, which spur interest in math, science, technology and engineering.
"With an increased demand for engineers, Chartiers Valley is preparing our students to be the problem solvers," said Kara Droney, the district's public relations coordinator. "This program touches all the kids in the middle school."
Lead teachers in the grant application were Chad Warren and Mark McAleer, who called the area around the sign and wind turbine "an outdoor classroom." The actual project development began in January 2013.
Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.