Birmingham (WWJ) — In celebration of Earth Day this week, Birmingham Public Schools held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday to dedicate the newly donated wind turbine located at Birmingham Covington School.
The vertical wind turbine was installed on the west side of the school and will tie-in with renewable energy learning. The project was a collaborative effort by several area companies and individuals including Centerline Electric, Rauhorn Electric, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, GreeningDetroit.com, American Fence, TMP Associates Inc., and Peter Basso and Associates.
The Windspire, manufactured in the U.S. by Mariah Power, not only directs the electricity it generates into the Birmingham Covington School engineering technology lab, but it also powers student learning. The wind turbine and an accompanying data dashboard will augment curriculum topics that include power generation, basic electricity, power consumption, conversion of mechanical power to electrical power, and much more.
John Carlos, founder of GreeningDetroit.com and a father of one of the children at the school, helped organize the project and says its time to start teaching children, at an early age, about new fields and the different opportunities available. He adds that this project does just that.
Source: WWJ Newsradio 950