Fifth grade students in Valerie Valadez's science class at Tannahill Intermediate created replicas of alternative energy-powered machines as part of the K'nexing Science Through STEM Grant, awarded by the White Settlement ISD Education Foundation.
Students constructed machines that used various energy sources (wind, hydroelectric and solar) to generate mechanical energy. They had one hour to work in groups and construct an assigned machine using their manuals.
Valadez said the grant allowed her students to make valid conclusions about utilizing natural resource to harness electricity instead of burning fossil fuels.
"They began to realize the impact they could possibly have in reducing the amount of fossil fuels we use so we can attempt to have a better planet," she said.
"Miss Val could have made us research about different types of machines that use natural resources to generate energy, but she gave us a more fun way to figure it out for ourselves," said student Brooklyn Self said. "Instead, we got to have fun AND learn on our own."