South Holland, IL—(ENEWSPF)—January 26, 2015. Middle school students built a tabletop wind turbine from scratch during a STEM Boot Camp hosted by Congresswoman Robin Kelly at South Suburban College.
Twenty-five Coolidge Middle School students from South Holland also measured the energy output of the mini-turbine they assembled, and experimented with polymers to create the basis of Styrofoam cups and other everyday products. Professors Desmond Campbell and Jim Simpson led the experiments.
“The students were fascinated with the experiments and became very excited about renewable energy. Both the students and their parents were made more conscious of the benefits of alternative energy,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “The spark I saw in these kids is why I started the STEM Boot Camp program, to expose students to STEM fields with the hope of encouraging them to pursue STEM careers.”
Congresswoman Kelly regularly hosts STEM Boot Camps throughout the 2nd Congressional District. She is also a co-chair of the newly-formed Diversifying Tech Caucus, which aims to increase diversity in the technology field.