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ETCA -- Beta Class Kick-Off Presentation March 28, 2010
Energy Technology Career AcademyBeta Class Luncheon<br />Mrs. Heather Spoon<br />March 28, 2010<br />
The Energy Technology Career Academy’s mission is to prepare students for work, college and citizenship by engaging them in project-based education enhanced by community partnerships and focused on energy sustainability and efficiency.<br />Mission Statement of the Academy<br />
. <br /> The Project:Background Information<br />Siemens and AIKCU issued an RFP for the development of a career academy with a focus on energy technology/facilities management.<br />LWC submitted a proposal in response.<br />The proposal was accepted with Adair High School, Russell High School, the Lake Cumberland Center for Technology, Chamber of Commerce, Green Mechanical and WindEnergy as partners.<br />
Why is Siemens interested?<br />They are an international company focusing on energy efficiency. <br />They have a strong interest in improving education and in improving the understanding of the impact of energy on the world.<br />They have sponsored successful career academies that partnered with colleges.<br />
Small, personalized learning communities with a college-prep curriculum focused on a particular career theme <br />Our academy’s focus is Energy Sustainability and Efficiency.<br />Over 1,500 career academies in the United States…all of these are in URBAN areas, focusing on nursing, culinary arts, broadcasting, etc. <br />THIS ACADEMY IS THE FIRST-EVER ACADEMY IN A RURAL AREA IN THE UNITED STATES!!!<br />Career academies have proven to decrease drop out rates because students see that they can a use what they are learning after high school.<br />What is a Career Academy?<br />
Goals of ETCA<br />To prepare students for college, career and citizenship. <br /> To serve a broad range of students.<br /> To create a model for use in rural areas of Kentucky. <br />
Scope of Pathways for Students<br /><ul><li>Preparation for college in engineering, business or energy-related technical careers.
Preparation for two year degree in engineering technology or industrial maintenance technology or two year degree in mechanical engineering at LWC.
Preparation for two year college transfer program at community college and transfer to LWC or UK.
Preparation for work. </li></li></ul><li>Graduated in 1993 from ACHS<br />Graduated in 1998 from University of Kentucky with a BS in Mechanical Engineering<br />Started my career at the Corvette Plant in Bowling Green, KY and stayed in Engineering for about 8 years<br />Recently completed my Master’s Degree in Secondary Education (Mathematics)<br />Became employed by Lindsey Wilson College in November 2008 as the Director of the Energy Technology Career Academy<br />A Little About Me<br />
Roles Within an Academy<br />As director of the academy, I:<br />Teach the introductory course at both schools.<br />Coordinate guest speakers which have included a speaker who retired from the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C., Geothermal business owner, East Kentucky Power representative.<br />Coordinate field trips to Coal Power Plant in Somerset, KY, and the Biogas Landfill Power Plant near London, KY, and the Corvette Plant in Bowling Green, KY <br />Develop curriculum for upcoming classes.<br />Work with the Lake Cumberland Technology Center to develop classes that focus on energy sustainability and procure the required hardware needed to support the curriculum.<br />Designed a logo for the academy.<br />Help with grant writing when opportunities arise that will benefit LWC, our school district, and our community.<br />
Ford PAS – Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies <br />Curriculum<br /><ul><li>Partnerships: with state departments of education, postsecondary institutions, businesses, community-based organizations, and school districts
Technical Assistance (TA): Support and guidance through outreach and networking assistance.
Professional Development (PD): Renewal and advancement of teacher knowledge.
Curriculum: Academically rigorous, interdisciplinary materials that provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for future success</li></li></ul><li>Why Ford PAS?<br />“At the high school level, well over one-half of new entrants are deficiently prepared in the most important skills—Oral and Written Communications, Professionalism/Work Ethic, and Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving. College graduates are better prepared . . . but too few are excelling. “<br />“While the ‘three Rs’ are still fundamental to any new workforce entrant’s ability to do the job, employers emphasize that applied skills like Teamwork/ Collaboration and Critical Thinking are ‘very important’ to success at work.” <br />The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for <br /> 21st Century Skills, and The Society for Human Resource Management, Are They <br /> Really Ready to Work? (Washington, DC: 2006).<br />
Look Who’s Talkin’…<br />Recently, at the National Governors’ High School Summit, Bill Gates declared that the American high school, as currently operated, is obsolete.<br />-- Ford PAS Website<br />
The 20 modules that make up the Ford PAS curriculum are organized into seven themes, each planned for project-based learning: <br />Foundations in 21st-Century Skills <br />Working Toward Sustainability <br />Getting Smart About Business <br />Manufacturing for Tomorrow <br />Data, Decisions, and Design <br />Living in a Global Economy <br />Putting Math to Work <br />The Curriculum Structure<br />
FordPAS Screenshot<br />Great tools for differentiation! <br />
A Classroom Snapshot<br />Experiment Preparation and Research<br />Experiments<br />Presentations<br />Peer Reviews<br />Reflections<br />Assessments (little “homework”, mostly in-class quizzes and tests)<br />Guest speakers<br />Field trips<br />Group work (very few individual assignments)<br />Videos (www.thefutureschannel.com) and FordPAS recommended videos<br />Keep up with the ETCA by visiting http://lwcenergyacademy.blogspot.com<br />
Wind Turbines<br />On Average with 12 mph winds, a 10 kilowatt wind turbine generates 10,000 kilowatt-hours which is enough to power a typical household<br />Wind turbines can be used to produce electricity and to power a water pump. They can also be used with a power grid to make the power more efficient<br />Based on a 50-Megawatt wind farm, the installation cost is $1,000/kilowatt and operations and maintenance will cost $65/kilowatt-hour<br />There are over 50,000 wind turbines worldwide and the vast majority has been operating safely since they were built. Wind Turbines have Great Reliability!!<br />Environmental issues<br />There is a minimal risk of wind turbines injuring birds or other animals.<br />In general birds live in harmony with wind turbines.<br />Wind turbines are designed to be operated with high standards of safety.<br />Wind turbines could potentially interfere with television reception just like other things could, but its not likely.<br />Wind turbines are designed to last for over 20 years needing a few replacement parts. But usually the main structure stays together.<br />Turbines could be damaged by lightning strikes.<br />Advantages<br /><ul><li>Wind is plentiful and renewable
Cheapest way to produce energy on a large scale
Generates no pollution (diminish green house effect)
Can be used as a form of energy in remote areas where they are not connected to power grids</li></ul>Disadvantages<br /><ul><li>More expensive than coal or even nuclear energy
Many people say they are unsightly and unappealing
Only efficient 60-85 percent of the time</li></ul>Power generated by a wind turbine<br />Formula is P=.625*A*V3<br />A=area of blade rotation<br />V= wind velocity( speed)<br />Based on a blade of 130 feet<br />The blades of the turbine are attached to a hub that is mounted on a turning shaft. The shaft goes through a gear transmission box where the turning speed is increased. The transmission is attached to a high speed shaft which turns a generator that makes electricity<br />
Students learn how important teamwork will be in the workplace.<br />Once the student completes the required academy courses, he/she is eligible for a scholarship to Lindsey Wilson College.<br />Because the students each have a personal account with Ford PAS, they are eligible for scholarships, overseas educational experiences, and Ford internships.<br />Students meet people in local businesses and learn what they do to contribute to both the community & energy sustainability.<br />Dual credit classes are being offered at both sites via LWC.<br />How Does the Academy Help Adair County and Russell County Students?<br />
Student Reflections<br />“Of all my classes at RCHS so far, the Energy Academy is where I have developed the skills and abilities deemed most important for the real world.”<br /> --Rachel Johnson<br />“Real life applications and studies are what schools have lacked for a long time, but not anymore. This Energy Academy is as real as you get.”<br />--Emily Holsinger<br />“The ETCA academy has taught me many things about life and about my future. I have focused my dreams and set plans on the future based on classes provided by this program. I have become a better public speaker, and better able to establish interpersonal relationships with my peers.”<br /> --Lauren Haynes<br />
Student Reflections<br />“Beyond the accumulation of instructive knowledge, I’ve also learned about myself – the strengths and the weaknesses. … I need to learn to use leadership to encourage team participation instead of playing the hero and carrying my fully capable group members’ responsibilities. The ETCA has taught me not to give up on things just because the solution isn’t always staring you in the face. Mrs. Spoon has encouraged us to be independent thinkers and to exhaust all resources before we give up on something. Those lessons apply to both life and educational situations.”<br /> -- Travone Taylor<br />“Before taking this class, I used to be so nervous when we had to do Power Points. … Now, after taking this class, I have more confidence in myself and can speak in front of a group more easily. You actually learn about the things you need to know in life.” <br /> -- Candace Mullins<br />
Looking Ahead…<br />During Spring Break 2010, a 3.2 kW solar array will be installed at each high school as a result of receiving the ARC grant<br />Both Engineering classes built our own solar panel (80W) for less than $100. I plan on building one of these panels in each Engineering Class. We would like for this to grow into a local business in the future. <br />Incorporating Wind Power into the curriculum <br />Continue to improve the Blog for the ETCA and gain followers, including students of the Academy<br />