The TREC team was very pleased to be able to show off the Festival to the Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley, today.
With almost 400 kids in attendance, Day 4 was kicked off with a welcome address by the Minister. On his tour of our event he met a few of our Renewable Energy Design Challenge students from Lawrence Heights Middle School, who explained their wind turbine designs. Then it was off to learn about turbine engineering concepts at our Capture the Wind workshop, where kids test which size and style of blade is most effective at driving the volt meter in our model turbines.
Next was Solar 101 where the Minister helped students learn the basics of solar power first hand. At the Commitment Tree, the Minister joined the kids in making a making a commitment to the environment to be pasted on our model tree. And what is his commitment? He promises to turn off the lights!
On his way out he met several Festival sponsors and content providers: Kiosk Solar, Mortensen Construction, SolarShare Energy Co-op and ZooShare Energy Co-op.
We’re looking forward to inviting everyone to the Festival tomorrow when we open it to the general public. We’ll be next to the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday. Come by to learn about our exciting work, get involved in a few activities and go home feeling inspired about a renewable energy future.