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School News

Mrs. McCullough, first grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary, has introduced a special science unit combining the study of eagles with solar energy.

Before the Hays eagle nest was blown away in the wind storm, the class observed and studied the nest in their classroom via the PixController website. To reinforce classroom studies, Mrs. McCullough reached out specifically to Mr. Powers and his company, which installed the camera and solar panels that power the Hays eagle nest camera.

Mr. Powers visited the first graders on Thursday, March 23, 2017 to learn more about their exciting projects in their classroom and to talk to them about his eagle camera technology. The students were amazed to see all the many different species of wildlife footage captured by the PixCams.

Mr. Powers and his company have about 17 streaming cameras that must be continually monitored for battery power, video streaming and security. The camera system is a unique system that is custom designed and manufactured by PixController, Inc. The camera video feed is streamed over a cellular network, and the system is powered by 360 watts of solar panels to keep the batteries running.

Mrs. McCullough and her students showed Mr. Powers the mini windmills that they worked on with the fourth grade students. To facilitate this project, Mrs. McCullough received funding through Tom’s of Maine and an independent donor to purchase 12 mini windmills and solar panels for a multidisciplinary project engaging her first grade class with the fourth grade students.

Mr. Powers was so impressed with Mrs. McCullough’s students and the innovative, hands-on learning taking place in the classroom that he would like to engage the class in a golden eagle research project next year!

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