Winds of Change at Student Sustainability Day

winds_of_change_at_student_sustainability_day1_mediumConstruction students at Kingston Maurward College became inventors for the day in a competition to design a new wind powered generator.

The Sustainability Day, organised by the College and the Dorset Construction Curriculum Centre (DCCC), was designed to raise awareness of the wide range of green energy solutions that are linked with sustainable construction.

The five teams had 4 hours to design and build a working scale model of a tower-mounted wind-powered generator. They then tested and adjusted their design to produce maximum electrical power output.

College Principal, Clare Davison, said: “This practical challenge enabled students to test their technical abilities and to apply their knowledge in Science, Technology and Sustainability in keeping with Kingston Maurward’s ethos.

As a team competition, it encouraged our students to develop work skills such as team working, decision making and problem solving.”

Sylva Starke of the DCCC said: “We run this event and other competitions in schools to inspire students to pursue technical careers in construction and engineering and celebrate sustainability.

“Students can try their hand in something different in a fun and safe learning environment while getting exposed to the technical world.

Due to the success of today’s project we’re hoping to embark on future projects with Kingston Maurward students, and possibly even staff training which is very exciting.”

John Allen of INPUT said: “Energy in the form of electricity is very expensive to make and most of our ways of making it produce pollution. In the future we are going to have to find more ways of making useful energy using natural resources such as wind, waves, tides and solar power.”

The day was opened by the Chair of Governors of Kingston Maurward College Michael Clarke, and the panel of competition judges were industry representatives Terry Dungate of the DCCC, Steve Marks of Project Performance Consulting, and Paul Gale of Morgan Sindall.

Paul Gale from construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall, said: “The standard of entries in this competition was extremely high, and I was very impressed by the approach the students took to the challenge. It’s superb to see the next generation of experts pushing the boundaries and I’m looking forward to seeing what they achieve in the future.”

Organisers would like to thank sponsors Travis Perkins and Steve Marks for supplying prizes.

For further details please contact:

Sylva Starke on 07710 426868 or email sstarke@hotmail.co.uk

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