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Posted: February 3, 2016

Powerful presentations by FSS students

By Mary Giuliano

MG FSS Energy 1Fernie Secondary School teacher Roxanne Esch’s French class was given the assignment of putting together a proposal regarding types of energy like solar, wind, nuclear and waste that would be then pitched to the City of Fernie for purchase.

The teacher invited three people to be judges of the presentations.

Four teams – Windteck, WISE, Soleil Solaire and Northern Energy were in the competition.

MG FSS energy 2Dylan, Charlotte and Neve were Windteck with a proposal of wind energy. Laminated posters of information, a business card, a website and email were created.

Team WISE with Kasha, Clare and Tyler explained their company would transform waste into a sustainable energy source that could be used to power homes across Canada and across the world. They said the burning process would create clean, safe and environmentally friendly energy and a product that could be used as a building material.

All images courtesy Mary Giuliano
All images courtesy Mary Giuliano

This group also looked into whether the land next to the transfer station was available for purchase from the government and produced and actual document of response and a sample of the building product.

Anja, Graci and Oscar presented their solar company Soleil Solaire with plans to set up their plant in Pincher Creek, produce and sell power to BC Hydro and to the City of Fernie. They suggested placing some of the profits in a reserve to be used for the benefit of the citizens of Fernie as a granting source.

MG FSS energy 4Northern Energy, a company with Liam, Myles and Emily, presented energy from a nuclear energy reactor. Their argument was that this would provide Fernie with safe clean energy that was also economical and showed photos and diagrams of how and where the waste was stored.

All the groups displayed attractively designed power point presentations with excellent coloured diagrams and much information on their respective company.

After each presentation questions were asked and it was pretty impressive to see how quickly and well they were answered.

The presentations were in English and French and all did well in both languages.

The presentations were marked on content, information and demeanour of the students during the presentation and agreed that there was one group that looked very involved, interested and presented the information with greater confidence than the others as well as having shown more ingenuity.

MG FSS energyPart of this project serves as a way for students to learn how to compose themselves for an actual job interview.

Although these job creation presentations were hypothetical it certainly illustrates that today’s youth are clever, inventive thinkers.

On Monday January 25, at City of Fernie council’s regular meeting, council accepted the hypothetical proposal from the winning group WISE and applauded them on their great project.

Thank you students, congratulations to the WISE students but congratulations go to all who participated. You did great.

Thank you Mrs. Esch, you are a terrific teacher, what you taught them on that assignment will help them as they mature and go out into the world.

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