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TVHS students unveil museum exhibit



Students Sarah Sisson and Ashley Moon work on a part of the museum exhibitYouth teaching youth. That's the concept behind a new exhibit at the Children's Museum of Science and Technology that was designed and built by students at Tech Valley High School.

Three-years in the making, the exhibit was created by physics students at the regional public high school and explains at a children's level the past, present and future of the electrical grid.

The first phase of the exhibit - the present of the electrical grid - will be unveiled on
June 12, during a 1 p.m. event at the Children's Museum. The remainder of the exhibit will be detailed at the event, but will not be installed until students return to classes in the fall.

"The exhibit includes interactive and informative segments that represent the past, present and future of the electrical grid. Students have been studying electricity and magnetism while working on the exhibit. Final pieces in the exhibit were designed by all three classes (class of 2011, class of 2012 and class of 2013) and built by the class of 2013 with help from current students and alumni," said teacher Michelle Sweeny, who has overseen the project.

From a working model of an electric grid to Lego buildings, the project is designed to not only educate children, but inspire.

"I hope that children learn about the power grid at least at a basic level and I hope they have fun learning," said TVHS junior Ashley Moon.

Moon and other TVHS students that have worked on the project said they too were inspired by the work.

"I think it's interesting that this project is really going into the museum and is going to be there for a while, not just a week," she said.

Tech Valley High School was created in 2007 to provide students with the skills necessary to be successful in college and in tomorrow’s workforce. The school draws students from seven counties in the region and teaches 21st century skills through project-based learning and partnerships with businesses and institutions, such as the Children's Museum of Science and Technology.