Val’s Big Idea: Val’s project aimed to introduce the next generation of citizens to alternative methods of creating electricity. Beginning with experiments driven by the science behind wind and solar power, Val hoped to eventually include modules on geothermal and hydroelectric energy creation as well.
Val presented an engineering problem for her students to solve using the repertoire of skills they acquired through the project. At the completion of this project, Val’s students were able to explain work, energy and power; understand the mechanisms behind electric currents, circuits and change; identify sources of alternative energy and their respective advantages and disadvantages; and explain voltage, current, resistance and power.
Interesting Facts: Val enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading books by Tom Clancy, one of her favorite authors. She coaches varsity volleyball and participates in curriculum writing, PLCs and a variety of other district committees.