Jun 10, 2011

HMS Power House


 

HMS Power House

Science teachers, Jason Seickel and Deanna Buckley, received a grant through a foundation to build a prototype of a completely solar-powered home. The prototype is completely "off the grid" as it is powered by solar panels. The small home is on a trailer designed to be towed to elementary schools for presentations on alternative energy resources. The students have truly worked collaboratively to complete the house.

Howard's Power House is a prototype model of a house that is completely solar powered and has a roof top garden to be an educational tool on sustainability and energy efficiency.  The money to build this model was funded through an OCPS Foundation grant.  Ms. Buckley and Mr. Seickel have collaborated to get many students of multiple curriculums involved.  Mr. Seickel’s Environmental Studies class has been working on this project for two months designing, building and taking measurements on its efficiencies.  His Algebra class has made calculations of cost, CO2 emissions saved and money saved for this prototype and have scaled it up to see the impacts on Howard Middle School if Howard were to be completely solar powered.  Ms. Buckley’s Life Science class has worked on carbon foot-printing and the environmental impact of the materials used in the project.  The project has started stirring buzz around the school and neighborhood.

We hope to tour the "Power House on wheels" to local elementary schools to give further presentations on sustainable living and renewable sources of energy in the years to come.  This project is intended to continue growing and evolving with the latest technologies, however, if you would like to schedule a tour please contact Mr. Seickel and Ms. Buckley.