Come walk amongst the giants on September 22! Join our Wind Farm Fieldtrip…

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Wind Farm & Technology Fieldtrip
Tuesday September 22, 2015 8:30am – 3:30pm
Somerset and Latrobe, PA
FREE – 6 Act 48 Credit Hours – Lunch, wind kit, and resources included


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We will spend the first part of the day touring a horizontal axis wind farm site in Somerset County, going inside of the wind turbine tower, and experiencing this clean electricity producer firsthand. We will have the opportunity to speak with experts about wind farm pre- and post- construction issues such as the community process; bird, bat, and wildlife impact; erosion control; environmental challenges; power production; and career opportunities.

We will then drive to the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) in Latrobe and tour the new installation of a WindStax Wind Turbine, a vertical axis example of wind electricity production. We will hear from the Founder and/or Engineer of Windstax about how the technology works, engineering challenges, energy storage, and real-world applications. Participants will receive and experiment with a mini-wind turbine kit. The EWCTC has several other sustainable energy features that will be explored as time allows.

The target audience is 6th – 12th grade teachers of energy-related curriculum (science & career/tech-ed). More details will be made available as we get closer to the event. Transportation to be determined (either shuttle, carpool, or self-commute based on participant response). This workshop is made possible by an Environmental Education Grant through the PA Department of Environmental Protection.


We would like to offer more workshops like this, so please let us know if you are interested, but just not able to attend this particular workshop date/location. With enough response from teachers, we will most likely offer again either mid-November or in the Spring. We’d love to hear feedback from you (phone or email) about this or any other ideas for teacher training professional development fieldtrip opportunities.

Contact: Janice Serra 412-421-7029 [email protected] or register at