Penn State helps Erie school erect wind turbine

 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Northwestern High School in Albion, Pa., installed a new wind turbine through the Pennsylvania Wind for Schools program this summer. The program was administered by Penn State through funding by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The main goals of the Wind for Schools program are to motivate students to learn about wind energy, science and mathematics and increase the number of students interested in the wind industry.

The program coordinated by Penn State, installed this first turbine just outside of Erie, Pa. The teachers at Northwestern High School will use the data created by the turbine for in-class activities.

Students and faculty from Penn State assisted in the assessment and design of the wind systems and provided tranining to teachers at the school to support the development of hands-on curricula, bringing the wind turbine into the classroom through wind-related activities.

The University is home of the Wind Application Center for Pennsylvania. Penn State was chosen as one of the universities to participate in this project through the initiatives of the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Wind Powering America Program.

Penn State is in the final stages of implementing a wind energy workforce development project funded by the DOE, which has supported the development of several new online graduate courses offered to practicing engineers through distance education.

Northwestern High School is one of the many schools in Pennsylvania that will benefit from this program. Wind for Schools projects are supported in 11 states, including Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Winds for Schools project team selected three new host schools from their 2012 applicant pool, and plans are now underway for the design and installation of these new wind turbines installations.

Last Updated October 03, 2012