Investigating the wind

Justin Dickie
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Elementary students make trip to turbine

WENTWORTH - Nova Scotia Power and 3G wanted to get kids interested in wind turbines.

They succeeded.

Wentworth Consolidated, Wallace Consolidated, and Cyrus Eaton Elementary Schools recently taught their students about wind turbines with special lesson plans put together by Nova Scotia Power. 3G, the company that owns the turbines on Higgins Mountain, also held a contest within the schools that gave students the chance to name one of the turbines.

The 35 students at Wentworth Elementary came together to come up with the name "Big Wind," one that stuck with 3G's Graham Finley. He said the name reminded him of one First Nations people would use and felt it was a great way to commemorate the early settlers of this area.

"We feel very honoured and privileged to have been ab

Investigating the wind

WENTWORTH - Nova Scotia Power and 3G wanted to get kids interested in wind turbines.

They succeeded.

Wentworth Consolidated, Wallace Consolidated, and Cyrus Eaton Elementary Schools recently taught their students about wind turbines with special lesson plans put together by Nova Scotia Power. 3G, the company that owns the turbines on Higgins Mountain, also held a contest within the schools that gave students the chance to name one of the turbines.

The 35 students at Wentworth Elementary came together to come up with the name "Big Wind," one that stuck with 3G's Graham Finley. He said the name reminded him of one First Nations people would use and felt it was a great way to commemorate the early settlers of this area.

"We feel very honoured and privileged to have been able to name the wind turbine on Higgins Mountain," said principal Lori Garrett. "It's an accomplishment and a memory that the children are going to remember for many years past their schooling here at Wentworth."

Naming the turbine earned the school and students some prizes. The school was presented with a large picture of the named turbine and students received their own photographs of the turbine. Best of all, students, staff, and teachers got to go see it close up.

"Some of them, who live in Westchester, have already been up to see it, but those who didn't thought it was amazing," Garrett said of the 225-foot high structure. "To stand underneath it, then to be able to go in and be able to hear the motor running because the blades were moving that day…they thought that was pretty cool."

There are two other turbines on Higgins Mountain that remain unnamed. Garrett said 3G is still considering whether to hold another contest to name the others or to just call them Big Wind one, two, and three.



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Power, Cyrus Eaton Elementary Schools

Geographic location: Westchester

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