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High School Senior Works with Teacher to Keep the School's Wind Turbine Communications System Online: A Wind Powering America Success Story

High School Senior Works with Teacher to Keep the School's Wind Turbine Communications System Online: A Wind Powering America Success Story

Date: 5/10/2010

Location: Sterling, KS

High school senior Brianna Zimmerman of Sterling High School in Sterling, Kansas, works with teacher Dan Whisler to keep the communications system for her school's Wind for Schools project turbine online. Sterling High School has been home to a Wind for Schools project turbine since May 2008.

"Brianna has been a big help to me this semester as we both work to get comfortable with the software and all the data reports available for the turbine," Whisler said. "Through her work on this as her senior project, she has actually spent more time going through the software than I have. A couple of times we lost the signal to communicate with the turbine, and Brianna has been able to reconnect by completing the hot-start sequence to get us up and running again. I really appreciate her help with the turbine and the data. It has been fun for me to see Brianna's excitement for this project, and I am going to miss having her around next year!"

"Ever since I went up north to the Lincoln/Ellsworth county line and saw the turbines for the first time two years ago, they have completely fascinated me," Brianna said. "For my senior project, I have been studying the wind turbine here at my school, recording the data. I can't wait to present my project to the community."

Brianna plans to enroll at Emporia State University and major in physics.

This information was last updated on May 10, 2010