MINOCQUA - U.S. students lag behind other countries when it comes to science and math, but one Northwoods School is reaching out with a hands on approach to learning.
Back in August, Lakeland Union High School became one of 48 schools statewide to install solar paneling on the roof.
The panels absorb enough energy to power 5 classrooms and saves the school $400 a year in electric bills, but most importantly it inspires students to think about alternative forms of energy.
"Students can see something, hear something, do something with their hands and participate they’re going to retain that information a lot better," said Michael Moore, the manager of Solarized for School Program.
As part of the Solarized for School Program, the Wisconsin Public Service Community Foundation hosted an energy fair Friday.
There were 10 booths tota--all demonstrating various ways to retain energy.
“Eventually we’re going to run out of all the fossil fuels we have right now and we’re not going to know what to do. Once we have the solar energy down it’s going to help us out in the future," said Lakeland High School senior Bryon Andrews.
“At the energy fair they get to do things hands on. They have a quiz they have to learn about some things. They go station to station," said Moore.
This hands on approach to learning is making a difference in the classroom.
Science teacher Ryan Bock said, “One of our motto’s here especially in the Science Department is hands on is minds on. We structure our classrooms around that and you can see that here."
Some of the highlights of Friday's fair--a solar paneled oven and a solar paneled car.
“Our students are the key to our future and the better educated they are the more informed they’ll be to make better decisions," said Bock.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
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