Student in BSM’s RED Program to Create a Functional Vertical Wind Turbine

Student in BSM’s RED Program to Create a Functional Vertical Wind Turbine

During the 2019-2020 school year, BSM formed a new Research, Entrepreneurship, and Design (RED) Department focused on offering students hands-on learning experiences that parallel the modern workplace. RED courses encourage students to solve real-world problems with creativity and collaboration.

Red Knight Senior Ryan Kraemer is taking full advantage of these offerings as he is using the RED Capstone course to design a functional vertical wind turbine with hopes to eventually station it at BSM. For the past few months, Kraemer has been researching green energy and connecting with experts to gain insight for his project. On Oct. 20, 2020, he presented his prototype to school leadership, suggested locations and power opportunities, and proposed a timeline to obtain necessary city permits. Once finished, Ryan’s project will not only benefit BSM, but it will also help the City of St. Louis Park reach its goal for 100% renewable energy by 2030.

“This project gives me the freedom to make decisions about my own work, and I think that’s why I’ve had such a good time with it; I love what I’m doing and can see a tangible impact in the future.” Ryan stated.

What makes this project even more impactful is the chance for future Red Knights to build on the idea. “I am constantly amazed at the ingenuity and drive of our RED students,” said Anne Dougherty, engineering instructor and RED program director. “The work Ryan put into his project will benefit BSM and future Red Knights for years to come.”

BSM offers many classes that lend themselves to the RED paradigm including BioMed AP Research, Journalism, Engineering, Investing and Portfolio Management, and more. Other RED Capstone projects include things as varied and impressive as publishing a book of poetry, founding a beverage delivery bike business, creating a body-positive clothing line, and designing a therapeutic robotic exoskeleton.

The remarkable initiative and drive of BSM RED students is nothing short of inspiring. Keep up the great work, Red Knights!