Union Gas helps students try their hand at energy projects
December 6, 2012 - Union Gas says it is helping Limestone Learning Foundation fund the Energy Prototyping Project at Ernestown Secondary School, courtesy of a $2100 grant.
By Anthony Capkun
“At Union Gas, we believe in investing today to ensure a bright tomorrow,” said Peter Siemonsen, Union Gas utility service construction manager for Kingston. “That means supporting important education programs in the communities we serve. We are very pleased to help Limestone Learning Foundation support projects like Ernestown Secondary School’s Energy Prototyping Project and make this community an even better place to live and work.”
Through the project, students will take part in a hands-on energy-related project that involves designing and building a scale wind turbine model, testing it in a wind tunnel, calculating material costs and cycle times, and presenting their design ideas to other students.
Siemonsen presented the cheque to Leslie Myles, managing director of Limestone Learning Foundation, at the Foundations’ Fall Grants Presentation, held at Southview Public School.
“By emphasizing hands-on work that includes building, measuring and testing, the program can open pathways to future careers in environmental management, greenhouse agricultural work, heating and ventilation installation, green construction, solar panel installation and the electrical trades,” said Kevin Firth, who teaches the Ernestown Secondary School’s Energy Focus Program.