Wind turbine to help teach Chartiers Valley students about energy
Chartiers Valley technology teachers Mark McAleer and Chad Warren had a problem – how to get a wind turbine from Iowa to the district's middle and high school location in Bridgeville.
“The tower 35 feet long, and it was difficult to find a transporter that was will to transport at a reasonable rate,” McAleer said.
The turbine – or windmill – came from a grant written and received by Warren and McAleer, but its inception goes back farther.
After attending training in North Carolina in 2011, the two technology teachers were tasked with integrating the technology curriculum into the middle school. From there, it was decided that the lessons on energy and the environment fit best is the seventh grade.
Now they were faced with a new question: How to make the lessons – specifically that of wind energy – stick with the kids. So they decided to buy a windmill.
“We researched small wind generators and found very limited information that was usable,” McAleer said. “We needed something that would generate in a 6 – 8 mph wind.”
After more than a year of phone calls, emails and roadside visits, they found a solution: the Skystream 3.7.
The 35-foot tall wind turbine will sit at the entrance to the middle and high school. The diameter of the rotors is 12 feet, and it can produce 1,800 to 2,400 watts of electricity. It will be used to power the LED display sign that sits at the campus entrance. The turbine will rotate with the wind, creating an electrical current that will feed back into the electrical grid.
It will not just power the LED sign, McAleer said.
“Students will learn about renewable energy sources,” he said. “We will also integrate mathematics and science lessons.”
One issue remained: How to get the device to the school. The solution, after some negotiating, came rather easily. McAleer said he thinks the logistics have been resolved, and the company from which they are purchasing the turbine plan to provide shipment in the next several weeks.
“Fortunately, the seller of the wind turbine has a truck coming this way and was able to work in a very competitive shipping rate for us,” he said.
Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add Megan Guza to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- North Side furniture bank volunteers help turn living spaces into homes
- Splash pool coming to Crafton
- Longtime Rennerdale resident celebrates 85th birthday with family
- South Fayette youth thanks veterans through Project Puzzle Book
- Grant provides lunch for Carnegie kids
- South Fayette car wash, cookout benefit feline organization
- Science in the Summer program grows at Scott library