Bethel, Woodstock students take field trip to study energy sources

WOODSTOCK — Students from Bethel and Woodstock received a hands-on lesson about wind energy Thursday.

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Tom Carroll, project coordinator for Patriot Renewables LLC, points out parts of a wind turbine to fourth-grade students from Woodstock and Bethel elementary schools Thursday. The field trip to the Woodstock site was part of the students' science class on energy.

Erin Cox/Sun Journal

Fourth-grade classes from Telstar and Woodstock elementary schools were invited to tour the Patriot Renewables LLC wind project on Spruce Mountain in Woodstock on  Thursday. The field trip was part of a science class on energy. The week prior Tom Carroll, project coordinator with Patriot Renewables LLC, visited the classroom and talked about wind energy.

Fourth-grade classes from Woodstock Elementary School and Crescent Park School in Bethel were invited on a tour of Patriot Renewables LLC's wind turbine facility on Spruce Mountain in Woodstock.

Tom Carroll, project coordinator for Patriot Renewables, visited with the class last week and did a presentation on wind energy.

"The kids have been fascinated with wind energy and the field trip spurred the kids' interest even more," Woodstock teacher Karen Wilson said.

The classes have spent the past month learning about renewable and non-renewable energy.

Crescent Park School teacher Renee Charette said they have expanded the lessons, not just to science but on social studies and the economy.

"It all plays into everything else," she said. "How energy affects the economy and jobs, and also where these energy sources are best used in the United States."

Charette and Wilson said they thought the field trip was a great opportunity and something few students get to see up close.

"It's great that this just happened to be in our own backyard," Charette said.

"It's really cool how they can catch the wind," Emily Fraser, 9, a student at Crescent Park School, said.

Cameron Simard, 9, and Ashley Childs, 10, both of Crescent Park School, said it was great that they were able to see them.

The class recently completed a project on nine types of energy and were required to identify them as renewable or non-renewable.

During the field trip, students asked questions about the height of the towers and learned how they operate.

"I think the coolest thing was actually seeing them move in the wind," Sierra Morin, 9, of Woodstock Elementary, said.

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Mike DiCenso's picture

kids are kids

Of course the kids were awestruck, these things are HUGE!!! They will see through the brainwashing when they are older and better able to discern fact from bovine excrement which the wind industry so freely promotes.

Brad Blake's picture

Greenwashing our children

The liberals who control our school systems shape the way youngsters think. This is an example of the greenwashing of a generation that is taking place. I have seen curricula that are devised in collaboration with wind proponents like AWEA that are blatant propaganda. I would love to see this curriculum and pick it apart for its objectiveness. Just as an example: looking at "nine types of energy and were required to identify them as renewable or non-renewable." Might it have served a better purpose to have the kids look at nine types of energy and identify which has the most or least energy density? Or which is the most cost effective per MW or BTU?

Just to quote the teacher as saying "It's great that this just happened to be in our own backyard," shows where she is coming from. Will these kids make a field trip to the Calpine plant in Westbrook that generates base load power of 545MW, 24/7/365? Will these kids make a field trip to the hydro dam at Rumford Falls and be allowed to be awestruck by the volume of the Androscoggin River and the hydro head that is harnessed there. Will a representative of the Citizens Task Force on Wind Power be invited to the classroom for a presentation? I'm sure they won't.

Dan McKay's picture

Costs per unit for energy production

Subsidies for Energy Production in FY 2010


Federal Expenditures ($ bn) Energy Output (Qbtu) Subsidy in $/mmbtu

Coal 1.358 23.940 0.057
Oil and gas 2.820 38.730 0.073
Solar 1.134 0.004 274.180
Wind 4.986 0.323 15.439
Hydro 0.216 2.920 0.074
Nuclear 2.499 8.770 0.285
Biofuels 7.761 4.700 1.651
Geothermal 0.273 0.052 5.260

I guess when the federal government gets tired of using our tax money to pay for wind and solar, we, the electric ratepayers get the bill, right up the a--.

Dan McKay's picture

I have yet to meet a fourth

I have yet to meet a fourth grader who pays an electric bill.

Alice Barnett's picture

The energy from WIND is not

The energy from WIND is not the future of our children.
There is not enough land to host it all.

Mark Belanger's picture

This makes so much sense even

This makes so much sense even the children can understand we need to diversify our energy production. Some adults just do not seen to grasp that..

Alice Barnett's picture

science and economy

said they have expanded the lessons, not just to science but on social studies and the economy.

Did the lesson get taught about the subsidies, production tax credits, renewable energy certificates, guaranteed government loans, tax shelters, property devaluation?

Did the lesson get taught of how low density energy has NO capacity on our GRID?


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