hack-it

Helping Bahamian High Schoolers “Hack” for Social Impact

Ron Bourgault, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Principal, Electrical Engineer
7/23/15

Who doesn’t love a HACK-A-THON in the Bahamas?! St. Andrews School in Nassau, Bahamas, hosted a HACK.IT, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education camp for high school students. The great mission is “bringing together students, engineers and entrepreneurs to create a wave of innovation and build a better tomorrow”. 

I had the honor to share some of my electrical engineering expertise with a small group of students over the course of five days. 

Team-Photo

Posing with my team!!

My instruction was geared towards basic electrical concepts while focusing on solar PV systems and sustainable energy in general. The students were challenged to apply this new knowledge to social issues in their country. My group addressed transportation and pollution (part of the environmental social impact track), applying sustainable energy in their solutions. 

We had so much fun building solar cars, proving Ohms Law and constructing series and parallel circuits. Not all of my equipment survived but it was worth the sacrifice! 


Aaron Schiess, PE

Associate, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Allan Hendrikse, PE, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate, Electrical Engineer

Anareli Catalan

Technology BIM Specialist

Andy Neathery

Technology BIM Specialist

Angelica Chow

Electrical Designer

Arturo S Salud

Associate, Senior Electrical Designer

Austin Barolin, PE, CEM, LEED AP O&M

Associate, Senior Energy Analyst

Bethany Beers, CCP, LEED AP BD+C

Energy & Commissioning Consultant

Bill Caron, PE, DBIA

Associate Principal, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Bill Hinton, CNMT

Associate Principal, Senior Project Manager

Brennan Schumacher, LEED AP

Associate Principal, Lighting Design Lead

Brian Hageman, LEED AP

Associate Principal, Plumbing Discipline Lead

Brian Hans, PE, LEED AP

Associate Principal, Senior Mechanical Engineer

Brian J. Lottis, LEED AP BD+C

Associate, Senior Mechanical Designer

Brianne Copes, PE, LEED AP

Senior Associate, Mechanical Engineer

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