Ramsey Middle School first in JCPS to have wind turbine


by Jamie Martin


Posted on September 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 13 at 5:53 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Something is blowing in the wind, and it could be at a school near you.

Students in Louisville are learning about saving energy, thanks to a wind turbine in their backyard.

While driving past Ramsey Middle School, residents will see more than just a school and a playground.  They are the first school in JCPS with a wind turbine.

“I think it gives the kids an insight into the future,” Ramsey science teacher Tanya Newton said. “They can see when they go to other places like Chicago and Indiana that there are different wind turbines. There are huge ones up there. They see the type of energy that those are able to produce. I think with this one, the kids can get down on their own level and be able to see the difference that it can make.”

This project is way more than just about saving energy. It's about education.

“We study the parts of it and the components of it,” Newton said. “That is one of the things that we did. We like to look at the different parts of the wind turbine and how that affects the gear box, the way that the blades are. They may do an experiment to see how another type of blade would do. Maybe that isn't the optimum blade that can be used. Maybe there is another type of blade that can provide more efficient energy.”

The lessons learned go beyond just the classroom.

“We are teaching the kids too,” Newton said. “Not only the components we have, but also to be wise energy users.”

Smarter kids and a greener school: sounds good!