Creating a windmill through sustainable education- LadyCode

Tatiana Dupont Tatiana Dupont
18th May 2024

I am excited to share the story of our recent talent root initiative aimed at inspiring young minds and promoting sustainability in South Africa.  Partnering with a South African Charity, LadycOde, where volunteer teachers dedicate their Saturdays to educating underprivileged children, we embarked on an exciting project to introduce students to the world of renewable energy through hands-on learning and creativity.


The Initiative:

As part of our commitment to empowering future innovators, we partnered with a school in South Africa to introduce students to the fascinating world of renewable energy, specifically wind power. Our goal was to challenge them to design and build their own miniature wind turbines using any materials they could find. From recycled materials to everyday items, we encouraged them to think creatively and innovatively to bring their designs to life.



The Challenge: 

The students were tasked with designing both the blades and the tower of their wind turbines using recyclable materials and everyday items. We provided them with the basic equipment needed to make their turbines rotate, including motors, LEDs, and cables. The challenge was not just about building a functioning turbine but also about understanding the principles of wind energy and exploring the possibilities of sustainable design.



Educational Component: 

In addition to the hands-on challenge, we provided the students with a comprehensive presentation on wind energy, its benefits, and its role in combating climate change. We covered topics such as how wind turbines work, the environmental impact of renewable energy, and the importance of innovation in creating a sustainable future. Our aim was to not only inspire their creativity but also to educate them about the importance of renewable energy solutions.


The Prize:

As a reward for their hard work and ingenuity, each student received a copy of the book "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by William Kamkwamba. This inspiring true story served as the basis for our project and encouraged students to dream big and pursue their passions for innovation and sustainability. By sharing this book with them, we hoped to instil a sense of curiosity and determination to make a positive impact on the world.

Our partnership with the local school and its dedicated volunteer teachers underscores our commitment to education, empowerment, and sustainability. By providing students with access to innovative learning experiences and inspiring them to explore renewable energy, we're helping to shape a brighter future for generations to come.


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