Engineering Academy Students Honored For Bringing Electricity to Village in Nepal

(Monday, Sept. 15, 2014)  The Connecticut Green Building Council is presenting its 2014 Student Design Award of Merit to eight students from the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Hartford Public High School.
The students received the award for their widely acclaimed design and construction of a solar-and-wind-powered turbine that brought electricity to a school in the remote Himalayan village of Saldang, Nepal.
Council officials said the award winners were chosen from a highly competitive field of submissions. The Student Design Award of Merit is the runner-up to the Student Design Award of Honor, which went to scholars at the Yale University School of Architecture.
“Congratulations to the turbine team at the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology for showing us the creativity, ingenuity, and leadership of Hartford students,” said Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez. “I look forward to seeing many more examples of their talent and hard work.”
The building and installation of the turbine was made possible through a grant from the Connecticut-based Werth Family Foundation, as an example of what can be accomplished through project-based learning. United Technologies and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, two of the school’s strategic partners, provided additional support.
With guidance from faculty adviser David Mangus, the students worked over a five-month period with power tools and mill machines to create and test parts for the turbine. They researched climate, air density, solar technology, energy inverters and converters, as well as Nepalese geography and culture. They assembled the turbine from computer-assisted design drawings and made a video of the assembly process and even created an illustrated manual in the Nepali language.
The Academy of Engineering and Green Technology is one of five Hartford public high schools accredited by the National Academy Foundation, meaning that they are organized around one of five career themes: Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, Health Sciences and Engineering.
In addition to core academic courses, students take classes related to these themes and participate in internships and work-related activities to put their lessons into action. The other four schools are: The Culinary Arts Academy at Weaver High School, the Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences, High School, Inc., and the Pathways Academy of Technology and Design.
The academy students who participated in the creation of the turbine are: Kranti Sanyasi, Orlando Nugent, Isiah Cabrera, Jazzmin Mitchell, Derrick Cardona, Akwayne Wilson, Akeem Brown and Samuel King III. Two graduates of the academy, Pravesh Mallik and Danilo Sena, assisted them. Mr. Mallik and Mr. Sena now attend the University of Connecticut School of Engineering.
“This project exemplifies the essence of what we want for our students to get from their time in our school,” said Principal Michael Maziarz. “The result has given us students who have learned to collaborate, to problem solve, and as a team, stand resilient with the goal of helping someone on the other side of the world to have a better life.  We are very proud, and they have raised the bar for all in our school.”
The Connecticut Green Building Council, a chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through the promotion of intelligently designed and constructed high performance, energy efficient building projects.
The Green Building Council Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6:00 p.m. at the Stepping Stones Museum, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk.

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