Tech Ed students visit the Stevedoring DockInnovative Learning at its best! Congratulations to the first-year Electronics and Technical Science (Physics) students of Mr. Joseph Weeks, who last month visited two sites to see the practical application of studying solar energy and hydraulic theories.

Innovative Learning at its best!

Congratulations to the first-year Electronics and Technical Science (Physics) students of Mr. Joseph Weeks, who last month visited two sites to see the practical application of studying solar energy and hydraulic theories.

Electronics students visited the King Edward Memorial Hospital and saw 24 solar thermal collectors installed on its rooftop. The collectors harness heat by absorbing sunlight, they learned, and is a common reference term for solar hot water heating. Typically, solar thermal collectors heat two, 900-gallon water heaters, which is used to offset usage on the top three floors of the Acute Care Wing at the hospital. Facilities Manager, Warren Moulaison, conducted the tour for the students. 

Technical Science students, meanwhile, visited the container dock on Front First year electronics students at KEMHStreet at the invitation of Stevedoring Services to see how hydraulics are used to allow cranes to hoist containers off of the container ship, employing the use of the Archimedes Principle of buoyancy. (This states that “the upward buoyant force that is exerted on a body immersed in a fluid, whether fully or partially, is equal to the weight of the fluid that the body displaces”.)

“The hydraulic ram that the students saw in operation, uses a water hammer effect to develop pressure, allowing a portion of the input water that powers the pump, to be lifted to a point higher than where the water originally started,” explained Mr. Weeks. Students also experienced a container ship being offloaded and saw how the computerised ballast system kept the ship balanced. (see attached photo)

Mr. Weeks, known for his novel teaching methods, believes experiential and theoretical instruction is a great way of introduction to industry. “It’s the remedy for Bermuda’s sustainability and innovation,” he said.

The Department of Education’s Dr. Radell Tankard accompanied the students to both field sites.

Congratulations to our first-year students and to Mr. Weeks!

Tech Students on KEMH Roof Solar Energy

Tech Ed students visit the Stevedoring Dock