“Utilizing a portable leaf blower Yelm High School Teacher and FFA Advisor Matt Mounts
gets a wind turbine propeller rotating as students Robert Dennis, Sean Arent, Dalton Pritchard (behind Arent),
Brianna Helpling, and Erin Smith (left-right) monitor the testing grid during their June 3rd
renewable energy class session at the school.” Photo credit: Steve Bloom, The Olympian .
– “Yelm High class explores wind, solar technology”
“Even though the weather wasn’t cooperating, Yelm High School students figured out a way to collect data from their temporary wind farm Wednesday morning [June 3].
It involved agriculture and natural resources teacher Matt Mounts standing on a ladder and aiming a leaf blower at the blades of the 10-foot-tall turbines. After only a few minutes, the students measured an output of 4 volts.”
“The 1,200-student school is one of the first in the state to offer a comprehensive course on renewable energy, according to Mounts.”
“>Gov. (Jay) Inslee actually came out [visited Yelm schools] and checked this out,” he said.
The semester-long class, which is called Green Technology, gives students a chance to produce energy with alternative methods such as solar panels, wind turbines and biodiesel,” by Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.