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October 15, 2013 > ÔEnergy DaysÕ come to Sunol School

ÔEnergy DaysÕ come to Sunol School

Submitted By Lisa Reddinger

Siemens Industry, Inc. visited Sunol Glen School on September 20, to hold ÒEnergy DaysÓ with both the 6th and 7th grade classes. Each student group was taught about Renewable Energy using SiemensÕ instructional classroom kits. The first class, comprised of 6th graders and teacher Chris Wheeler, learned about wind turbines.

Starting with a short educational video, the students were able to understand how wind can be captured to create energy and why it is so important to do so. When asked if they had seen wind turbines on the Altamont Pass, every student in the class raised their hand. After the video, SiemensÕ employees led the class through construction of their wind turbine and then multiple experiments to learn about conversion of wind to electricity.

The second instructional session included Suzette TakeiÕs 7th grade class. They worked with Siemens to learn about solar energy including experiments that utilize a fuel cell/electrolyzer to store energy and later power a fan or an LED light. Ms. Takei said, ÒAny projects we do in here, I always try to get them to walk through the scientific process. I was thinking to use these kits again. Wow, one more way to collect data.Ó

Siemens donated eight solar kits and eight wind kits to the District, which can be used for years of classes to come. For this yearÕs Energy Days, each student received a sticker, home energy survey and engineer certificate, along with a better understanding of renewable energy.

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