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Val Pumala

Development of engineering unit to study and design alternative energy sources

2017 STEM Scholar
Cameron, WI Cameron Middle School

Val’s Big Idea: Val’s project aims to introduce our next generation of citizens to alternative methods of creating electricity. Beginning with experiments driven by the science behind wind and solar power, Val hopes to eventually include modules on geothermal and hydroelectric energy creation as well.

Eventually, Val will present 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 will be 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 Tom Clancy, one of her favorite authors. She coaches varsity volleyball, and participates in curriculum writing, PLC’s and a variety of other district committees.

In her own words"In order to introduce our next generation of citizens to alternative methods of creating electricity, I would like to teach the 8th grade units of work, power and energy, and electricity through the lens of alternative energy."