WARWICK Senior High School students recently built a solar powered wind turbine.
The Year 7 project was to incorporate the five elements of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, arts and maths – as well as to understand and apply principles like teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and resilience.
Design and Technology teacher-in-charge Jeremy Caspersz said with 126 students involved in the project, they had to work in 10 crews; civil engineering, electronics, blade, tower, charging booth, iMovie, media, promotions, music and catering.
“We wanted the students to understand that STEAM is a whole school ethos rather than individual disciplines,” he said.
Student Blake Bramwell said it was “a lot of fun” to work in the blade crew and see how maths and engineering work together while Brooklyn Lowrie said it was “really important for girls to do engineering and not leave all the fun for the boys”.
The turbine now stands tall in the school grounds, acting as a phone-charging booth that can be used by all students.
“This has been a good chance to work with others to build something practical in the school,” student Charlotte Jolley said.