Sullivan BOCES Unveils Student-based Wind Turbine Project

On May 29th, Sullivan BOCES unveiled its first wind turbine.  This exciting event took place at the Rubin Pollack Education Center on Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.    

During the event, students talked about their current projects and demonstrated how they will use the turbine to create energy for future renewable energy programs.   The Wind Turbine Project, part of BOCES STEM initiative, was created for the 9th & 10th grade Pre-Tech Program.   

The students are planning to use the wind turbine to generate energy to construct a Mobile Renewable Education Unit (Tiny House), which will be used to educate other Sullivan County student on renewable energy technologies. 

The initiative doesn’t stop with the wind turbine; the kids are also working with renewable products to create biogas generators, wood gas generators, hydroponics, aquaculture systems, and micro-hydro systems.

Patrick Killian gives an overview on the Wind Turbine Project

Participants of the event also had the opportunity to participate in the SkillsUSA Chicken BBQ Dinner prepared by the Career & Tech Culinary Arts students.

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The Career & Technical Education Program at Sullivan BOCES provides “Skills, knowledge and work ethic for the 21st century”

The Pre-Tech Program is a 9th & 10th grade credit bearing, career exploration program wherein students gain a solid foundation of basic skills in multiple vocational areas while also managing a student-run business. The program mirrors the changes in the world and requires the student to take a different approach in responding to today’s problems, through the use of innovation, technology, and good old-fashioned “American Ingenuity”. This is accomplished without requiring the extensive use of “high-tech”, expensive equipment, only the use of innovation.

The STEM component offers a vast array of renewable energy practices, as well as alternative food production projects.  Each project requires the student to engage in active problem-solving using higher-order thinking skills.  Furthermore, the program challenges the student to build knowledge in viable energy and food production alternatives.  

Headlining Photo Right to left:  Kyle Smith, Kasey Ottino, and Brett Campbell.