About six years ago, A2STEAM @ Northside teacher Cindy Johengen watched a TED speech of a Malawianman man, who as a boy had built a wind turbine from spare parts and scrap to power his family's home.
The words of
sparked an interest in Johengen, who was determined to build her own windmill for Allen Elementary, where she taught until this year.
planned and worked with students from the University of Michigan's
Woven Wind program for months during the building of the turbine.
"We made the decision to move forward with this type of turbine rather than the one from recycled parts so the engineering students could truly apply their skills with the tools, equipment and opportunity afforded them by the University's Wilson Center
"Every part of the process was integrated in every area of the curriculum during the entire year."
The turbine was installed last spring at Allen.
And when Johengen
moved to A2STEAM @Northside, she
new fifth graders about turbines, as well.
So it was only fitting that on the day the turbine moved from Allen to STEAM, Kamkwamba was there to meet the school community.
read aloud to her
students portions of his
book, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind."
"Here's William," she
said, "not only giving and sharing, but changing lives."