2009-03-20 / School News

Environmentors Explore Renewable Energy

Top, Students create their own wind designs. Far right, Solar 1 educator Colin Weatherby introduces students to the concepts of renewable wind energy. Near right, Weatherby helps students create a wind challenge competition to see which of the students' turbines is most efficient. Top, Students create their own wind designs. Far right, Solar 1 educator Colin Weatherby introduces students to the concepts of renewable wind energy. Near right, Weatherby helps students create a wind challenge competition to see which of the students' turbines is most efficient. The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance recently covered issues related to wind power and renewable energy in their Environmentor After-School program with special guests from Solar1, a Manhattan-based non-profit that seeks to teach and implement sustainable energy practices through design, policy, and educational outreach activities.

The Environmentors worked with Solar 1 educator Colin Weatherby to tackle these challenging concerns while also trying their hand at creating wind turbines.

Students learned about weather systems and wind creation, in addition to the ways in which alternative sources can be generated.

The students were excited by the possibility of creating their very own sources of energy in addition to learning the benefits of choosing renewable energy and the added benefit to their community, including the reduction of waste, minimizing unhealthy air quality, and protecting animals and plants from the indirect and costly effects of exploration for non-renewable energy resources.

The students asked probing questions that can only begin to scratch the surface on such difficult issues that many professionals have yet to solve themselves.

Students were given the reins to be skilled designers while constructing turbines and analyzing data to compete for the best wind turbine — helping to plant seeds of sustainable, alternative energy options in the future leaders of tomorrow.

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