- 13 August 2020
On Friday 24th July 2020, Year 5 and 6 students from Crookwell Public School and Year 8 students from Crookwell High School were treated to a viewing of a wind turbine blade at the Crookwell Showground. The blade was on its way from Port Kembla to BJCE Australia’s Biala Wind Farm, which is currently under construction 14km from Crookwell township.
The event was organised by BJCE Australia and Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDA Southern Inland), as part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program, funded by the Department of Education. SISP is a program that links industry with local schools to focus the narrative on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real-world problems.
Small groups of students were given a close-up, guided tour around the 70m blade led by BJCE Australia and Goldwind Australia representatives, who answered a diverse range of interesting questions. Crookwell Public School students recently built their very own wind turbines in school and were delighted to get up close to the massive blade on the truck. Students learnt about how wind is converted into energy, the reasons behind the shape and curve of the blade, how many homes one turbine can power in one year and the construction process.
Project Officer at RDA Southern Inland, Camilla Staff, was thrilled to be a part of the day and witness the excitement on the students’ faces.
“The SISP Program is about focusing the narrative for primary and secondary students on how STEM skills and knowledge can solve real world problems. The students have studied renewable energy in their classrooms and the blade viewing allowed us to show students a real world-application of what they are learning and to talk to experts in the industry. Most of these students drive past wind farms on a daily basis, but you don’t get a sense of their size, until you are up close. It was an unforgettable day.”
Derek Powell, Deputy General Manager, BJCE Australia said, “We greatly appreciate working with RDA Southern Inland through the SISP program so that we can assist children to learn more about renewable energy and how projects like wind farms are developed.”
Andy Wang, Turbine Supply and Installation Project Manager, Goldwind Australia said, “We are proud of our wind turbine technology and we thoroughly enjoyed talking through how it works with the school students. We had a lot of thought-provoking questions from the students who attended the blade viewing event and I can definitely see some future engineers and technicians amongst them.”
BJCE Australia has been a SISP industry partner since the program’s launch in 2018.
“BJCE Australia would like to thank the Crookwell Show Society, Goldwind Australia,
RDA Southern Inland and the two schools who participated in the blade viewing event. Under different circumstances, we would have loved to open this particular event to the wider community.
Wind turbine blades are highly engineered pieces of equipment and, in my view, their shape and scale make fascinating viewing up close,” said Mr Powell.