Clean Energy Day kicked off with lots of excitement from 120 fourth and fifth grade students from Lt. Clayre Sullivan School (Sullivan School), as they filed off the buses and into a large tent located at HG&E's Hadley Station. With sweeping views of the Holyoke Dam behind them, Sullivan School Principal John Breish, HG&E Manager James Lavelle, and MassCEC CEO Stephen Pike welcomed the students to Clean Energy Day!
The daylong event featured hands on demonstrations and tours related to solar power and hydroelectric generation. Students built and raced solar cars, developed their own hydro wheels, toured Hadley Station, and saw how energy is generated by their local municipal utility, HG&E.
“We hope events like these plant a seed with students in middle school,” said Steve Pike. “We are hoping to develop the clean energy leaders of the future.”
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) awarded an $8,000 grant to Sullivan School to fund a Clean Energy Activity Day on October 4, 2018. Fourth and fifth grade teachers from Sullivan School, Kimberly Beauregard, Jennifer LeTellier, and Cheryl Parzich collaborated on the grant and are looking forward to exposing their students to these exciting STEM opportunities.
In addition to Clean Energy Activity Day, the grant will also fund an in-school Engineering Wind Energy Workshop by the Boston Museum of Science Traveling Program which will take students through the steps of the engineering design process.