Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Home For Annie

First Wind Energy Project:
Find a home for "Annie" - the orphaned wind turbine.

7th grade HMS students have been presented with an exciting, real-life challenge.  Teachers, Morgan Cuthbert and Mark McDonough worked with Kurt Adams, a parent and Chief Development Officer of First Wind, to pose a problem to all 7th graders: find a site in Maine for their "orphaned" wind turbine.  Kurt talked about the specifications to finding an appropriate site for a wind turbine keeping in mind the ecological and human impacts.  Students must use the technology of Google Maps and online wind charts to explore possible sites.  The ideal site will be near roads and transmission lines, but away from homes, lakes and wetlands.  Some students decided to take on the challenge; they will write a proposal of their top 5 sites and present it to Kurt and First Wind.  Top sites will be recognized in April.

Wind Turbine Simulation

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