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Stanley Consultants Teams with ATEEC to host Engineering Week!

Sixty-four Muscatine High School students visited the ATEEC Interactive Learning Lab recently!

Stanley Consultants in Muscatine hosts Engineering Week for area engineering students each year. This year they brought their students to the Quad Cities. ATEEC’s Interactive Learning Lab was selected to be part of the special day of activities.

The students participated in hands-on experiments working with KidWind® wind turbine models. They tested the models for power output based on changes in various blade shapes, materials, and pitch.

The students were divided in two groups. While one group tested wind turbines, another group toured the Kone Escalator plant in Coal Valley, IL.

Stanley Consultants has been sponsoring similar Engineering Week activities for the past six years. With a shortage of engineers in the country, the events are intended to illustrate how engineers impact the world and to draw more students into the profession.

ATEEC was very honored to host this creative group of young engineers. We look forward to hosting them again next year when they experiment with solar powered cars!

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Arrowhead Ranch Students Tour ATEEC!

Wind Machine

Arrowhead Ranch students lit up the Interactive Learning Lab in January! Twenty-one students toured the Lab and worked diligently studying the exhibits and answering all the questions in the Scavenger Hunt.
After “learning” their way through the energy exhibits by asking very intelligent questions…stumping the Lab staff at times…it was time for a video in the Nacelle Mini Theater. A video about Wind Farms, graciously given to ATEEC from Mid-American Energy, was a big hit!
We ended our time together in the classroom discussing jobs in the renewable energy arena and watching videos of workers who talked about their professions.
Some of the answers students gave to the question “What did you learn today?” are:
“How wind turbines work and what is in the nacelle.”
“We need to start saving energy!”
“Energy means more than I thought it did!”
“That renewable energy is an important step toward our futures.”

Researching Careers

“We learned how to make biodiesel fuel.”
“How big wind turbines are and how they make electricity.”
“I didn’t know there were so many jobs in the energy field.”
“I want to be a welder.”
“I want to climb a wind turbine and become a technician.”
Upon leaving, each student shook our hand and thanked us for having them tour ATEEC.
Thank YOU, Arrowhead Ranch students, for a wonderful day. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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