- 3 July 2019
On Thursday 27th June, Crookwell 2 Wind Farm hosted Year 7 students from Mulwaree High School for their first excursion since opening. The excursion was organised by RDA Southern Inland, as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program, funded by the Department of Education.
Throughout the term, students in Year 7 STEM leadership classes at Mulwaree High have been learning about renewable energy. As well as some theory, students have been learning about wind and solar through hands-on learning. Students have designed and built their very own wind turbine, by utilising the STELR wind turbine blades and building their own wind turbine tower to support the blades. In class, these turbines have been able to power a small light.
Thursday morning was the perfect opportunity for the students to get up close to a real turbine, standing well over 100 metres tall. After visiting the sub-station, students were driven down to one of the 28 turbines housed at the farm.
The facility has a power capacity of 91 MW, which can supply 42,000 homes with renewable electricity and is an important part of the ACT Government’s plan to be 100% renewable by 2020.
Operations Manager Nigel Hicks is passionate about engaging with students and is grateful to be involved in the SISP program.
“The SISP program provides an opportunity for students to apply new skills, but also understand the wide possibilities for future careers within the renewable energy sector”.
“The excursion gave students the opportunity to experience for themselves a modern wind-farm operating up close”.
Project Officer at RDA Southern Inland, Camilla Staff, has organised a number of excursions for local school students this term to other local STEM industries, including Woodlawn bioreactor and Gullen Range Wind Farm.
“These excursions are all about aligning what the students are learning at school to real-world applications. Industry are more than happy to assist us with this, so they can contribute and be a part of the development of a home-grown workforce.”
SISP is a program that links industry with local schools to focus the narrative on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world knowledge. Wollondilly and Bradfordville Public Schools are also involved in the SISP Program, as well as a number of schools in the Upper Lachlan.