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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

High school students get first-hand look at hydroelectric generation


April 2, 2012

Students from Mr. Carpenter's green technology class tour PUD's small hydro project.

Granite Falls High School students in Crosby Carpenter’s Green Sustainable Technology and Design class were treated to a tour of PUD’s Woods Creek small-hydro project last month.

As a capstone project for a hydroelectric unit, 10th through 12th grade students in Carpenter’s sustainability class developed a comprehensive proposal for a new hydroelectric site in Snohomish County.

“I heard about the grant through the PUD newsletter and applied because the class I teach is very applicable to low impact hydroelectric generation,” Carpenter said.

Students toured the facility through the Snohomish PUD grant where they witnessed hydroelectric power and what it takes to generate it.

“The purpose of the trip was to give my students a tangible example of sustainable technology,” Carpenter explained. “This project was especially relevant because the High School is less than two miles from Granite Falls on the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River, which has a larger potential for low impact hydro electric generation.”


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