Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, an elementary/middle school in Ellicott City, received a $50,000 grant this week from Constellation Energy to partner with Baltimore’s Federal Hill Preparatory School to launch a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) project to study the alternative power source.
The schools will partner with the Albright Foundation and the University of Maryland Baltimore County to launch the project, which will evaluate whether a wind turbine can produce enough energy to power the two schools.
The grant program, “E2: Energy to Educate,” supports projects that advance energy innovation and STEM programs in schools. Constellation Energy awarded a total of $350,000 to 10 projects in its service communities.
During the spring semester, students at Our Lady will further their STEM curriculums by learning concepts, participating in labs, doing research, using technology such as Weather Bug and evaluating the business elements to make a conclusion on the viability of using wind at their own school.
A team of middle school students will use the grant during the spring semester, and school leaders said that if they determine that wind energy is viable, they would explore it as an energy option.