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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • 'Paupack Waves' honored at Earth Day event

  • PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - Wallenpaupack Area High School students showed off their invention to harness the waves on the lake, at the 2014 Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival, April 26. Mayor Kevin Hawk of Hawley and Tom Simons, chairman, Palmyra Township Board of Supervisors, issued proclamations naming April 26 InvenTeam Day.
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  • PALMYRA TWP. (Pike) - Wallenpaupack Area High School students showed off their invention to harness the waves on the lake, at the 2014 Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival, April 26. Mayor Kevin Hawk of Hawley and Tom Simons, chairman, Palmyra Township Board of Supervisors, issued proclamations naming April 26 InvenTeam Day.
       They were congratulating the students as well as their teacher, Eugene Schultz, who runs the Gifted Program at WAHS. Members of the public mingled among the Earth Day exhibits and activities at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Whenever someone stopped to see what the students had, the InvenTeam members explained and demonstrated the device they had fashioned over the last few months.
        James Bryan showed how the bobbing up and down of a dock on Lake Wallenpaupack can generate electricity, charging a battery to illuminate a dock LED light all night long.
        It may seem ironic that wave power would be utilized when PPL, the electric utility, owns the lake. One of the students explained that PPL does not allow AC (alternating current) electrical service out on the dock. Their wave generator uses DC (direct current).
        They are counting on the waves created by the passing boats and wind to keep the dock moving. Should there be an unusually still day, solar cells will supplement the electricity.
        Wallenpaupack InvenTeam (otherwise known as "Paupack Waves") received a Lemelson-MIT grant, one of 15 grants awarded nationwide. The grant program is designed to inspire creativity and problem solving among youth, and interest in pursuing fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
      Schultz said that the wave generator will be taken to the Eureka Fest held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June. Afterwards, the wave generator will be set up on a dock at Lake Wallenpaupack for the summer, to monitor its effectiveness.
       He said this has been a "really great learning experience for the kids."    
       Team members include Kristian Sonsteby, Dana Williams, Christopher Gibson, Paige Politewicz, Saraf Ricupero, Kristen Denniston, Corine Piefer, Sebastian Aparacio, Gwendolyn Jones, Devin Distilli,  Rhiannan Bogart-Mandrik, James Bryan, Adam Haig and Walter Wilson.
    ••• Earth Day celebrated
        Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival, hosted by PPL, coincided this year with the first ever "Hawley Earthfest" sponsored by Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP). A "Species Parade" was held in Bingham Park that morning with children and some adults dressed up as animals. They were in evidence at the Pike-Wayne Earth Day event, adding to the atmosphere.
       Other exhibits at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center included a rain barrel silent auction hosted by the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership, bird-watching tours led by the Audubon Society, "edible beaver dams", crafts, recycling stations for old tennis shoes and t-shirts, and more.
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