Growing Greener: Part 3

Last Tuesday, the students of Culver High School’s S.T.E.M. Learning class put the final touches on a paddle-wheel they designed for an irrigation ditch running near the Crooked River Campground.  The students have been applying mathematical and engineering principles to design the paddle-wheel, in hopes to generate hydroelectric power to supply electricity to a portion of the campground.  Ranger Talia and Park Manager Dave Slaght were present for the debut of the paddle-wheel, along with Chad Bethers from Elite Electric.  The project has also sparked interest from the High Desert Education District, who were inspired to contribute what they can to the class.  By viewing this Environmental Education partnership in action, they hope to purchase engineering software for students to use in the computer labs.  The next step?  To build a foundation for the paddle-wheel and implement strategies to keep the wheel running efficiently and safely.   We are so stoked for the installation and so impressed by the brilliant minds of these young engineers!

Students apply anti-cease to increase the longevity of the bolt threads.

The water wheel base, constructed by students of Culver High School.

The water wheel base, constructed by students of Culver High School.

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Students used Sketch Up to illustrate and conceptualize the project.

Students used engineering software to design the water wheel.

Students used Sketch-Up to design the water wheel.

S.T.E.M. Students work together to assemble the water wheel.

S.T.E.M. Students work together to assemble the water wheel.

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Setting the project in motion.

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Posted on March 14, 2013, in Earth Science + Technology, Environmental Education, Water and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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