The Windham Initiative for Renewable Energy currently has three active projects:
- Our ALPHA PROJECT is a four-part plan to provide educational and energy benefits to the new Windham High School. In the fall we hope to complete our fundraising efforts to supply a 45-foot tall wind turbine that hinges down for student education and maintenance. In addition, an array of photovoltaic cells will be at a level for student observation and construction. A weather center, already purchased, will be installed for use in various classes, from science to math to communications. To complete the project, a monitoring system will be installed that channels information on the amount of energy produced by the wind turbine and solar panels at any given time. The project will give our students the opportunity to learn by doing. They will be studying in the excellent classroom of the great outdoors. Contribute now and another donor will MATCH YOUR CONTRIBUTION!
- A partnership with Plymouth State’s Meteorology program, wherein teachers will engage in dialog with college professors about curriculum and current meteorological practices and research. Students will be able to experience meteorology hands-on through our very own fledgling weather station and explore real-world satellite information downloaded from Plymouth.
- The integration of 21st century climate science into the curriculum at Windham High School (through a relationship with the Dean of Mathematics, Science, and Technology), planning courses in environmental science and alternative power systems for students to explore current and complex global issues, prepare for the SAT II test in Ecology, disassemble and reassemble alternative energy devices, and learn about alternative energy engineering, in addition to incorporating these and other 21st century science concerns and research into the core science classes at Windham High: Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.