Academy of Engineering and Green Technology Kicks off Nepal 2.0 Wind & Solar Power Systems Project Surrounded by Supporting Partners at Hard-hat Hand-off

On Friday, March 6th  Mr. Mangus’ classroom, Room 132 at the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Hartford Public High School was host to the Hardhat Hand-off where the school's advisory board members and business partners met the 22 Hartford students on the Nepal 2.0 team.

The partners learned more about what this unique project means to the students, gathered details about the project, and saw the Engineering classroom and Robotics lab.
 
During the Hard Hat Hand-Off, there was a short presentation about the Nepal 2.0 project by the Academy’s principal, Mike Maziarz; the Academy’s Teacher of the Year, Dave Mangus; Laura, a junior at AoEGT; and the project manager of Nepal 2.0, former training manager for NU, Tom Burns.
 
 
Visitors learned about the original Nepal project in 2013, found out why this year’s project, Nepal 2.0, is even more challenging, heard about how this project is changing an entire school, and  found out about  the critical role of yaks (yes, the animal) in this project, including learning a new word, "Yack-able," which means anything that can be carried on a yak's back.
 
 
The students met the attending partners and were presented with their hard hats which they helped each other to adjust.  The partners took turns addressing the students about saftey on the job.  Many partners, engineers, architects and contractors talked about saftey records, and the fact that companies that are hired have spotless saftey records.
 
 
The students were very excited about receiving their hard hats, and enjoyed speaking with people working in the careers they are interested in entering.
 
The Academy of Engineering and Green Technology thanks all of their partners for their generous contributions of hard hats to the Nepal 2.0 team.
 
 
Visiting partners to AoEGT included Dayl Walker, Meaghan MacDonald and Adam Fey of CBIA, Thomas Roberts of Loureiro Engineering, Rebeccah Eldridge of MBH Architecture, and Seth Duke of O&G Industries.

 

About Nepal 2.0 (Information courtesy of CBIA)

 
In 2013, eight students at the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology (AEGT) at Hartford High School, working with business and college mentors, made history by designing and building a renewable power system that brought power to the village of Saldang, Nepal for the first time. In 2015, two additional teams of students from AEGT will design two more wind and solar systems to power the remote villages of Namdo and Karang, nestled within the Himalayan Mountains.  The two teams will research, design and construct the turbines as part of their project-based engineering class. As in 2013, the students will harness the power of the wind and sun to bring energy to people living 13,000 feet high in the mountains.  
Partially funded by the Werth Family Foundation, the Hartford business community, and friends of AEGT, the team is seeking further support to complete this project.
 
IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO LIGHT UP A VILLAGE
The original Nepal Wind/Solar Project brought together students, teachers, advisory board members, alumni and business partners to develop a project that aligned with AEGT’s theme, implementing what students learn in class, and developing the skills needed to be successful in college and the workplace.
 
The Nepal 2.0 project will once more teach a high level of collaboration and teamwork, allowing students to apply their academic skills and solve a real world problem while working with college and business mentors.  The ultimate goal is for a second group of Hartford high school students to help a community thousands of miles away to have the same opportunity to improve their way of living and learning.
 
2013 SALDANG TURBINE
* Turbine Height – 24 feet
* 65 students enjoy power from Turbine
* 3 kilowatt hours per day
 
FUTURE 2015 TURBINES IN NAMDO AND KARANG
* Units designed to fit on roof tops
* Over 155 students will benefit from harvested power
* 6-8 kilowatt hours per day per turbine
 
ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING & GREEN TECHNOLOGY
@ Hartford Public High School
55 Forest Street | Hartford, CT 06105 | 860.695.1315
 
If you are interested in being a part of history and this amazing project, please contact:
Dayl Walker @ CBIA
860.244.1935 | dayl.walker@cbia.com
 
 
SUPPORTING PARTNERS
AT&T
BVH Integrated Services, P.C.
Capital Workforce Partners
Connecticut Business & Industry Association
Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program
Dominion
GEI Consultants
Hartford Public Schools
Kelly Engineering Resources
Law Offices of Buckley & Wynne
National Academy Foundation
Pratt & Whitney
Thomas R. Trumble
UTC Aerospace Systems
Werth Family Foundation/Himalaya Currents
Workforce Development Solutions
 
100% of all contributions go to the Nepal 2.0 Project. Please make checks payable to CBIA Education Foundation and reference Nepal 2.0. CBIA Education Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Mail checks to:  Dayl Walker, CBIA, 350 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103.

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