Still, we did our 'warrior' class on possible solutions to the energy problem. We learned how a turbine works, how different sorts of generation turn turbines (windmills can turn one, as do the chutes in a hydro dam; geothermal, nuclear and coal boil water for steam...). Then we broke into groups to think about possible new ways to turn a turbine. Some solutions:
- Put turbines inside of old tires and roll them down a mountain.
- Make inmates walk on treadmills (I rather liked this one).
- Burn trash to boil water for steam (remarkably close to something we're already doing).
- Well, first you get a million gerbils and a million gerbil wheels....
The kids did us proud and asked a lot of questions. Who knows? Maybe one will grow up thinking about it and be the one who cracks the code...
Thanks for listening.