NCC students make world record in Peru

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Published: Aug 31 2013 08:28:09 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 31 2013 08:41:35 AM EDT
NCC Students in Peru

A handful of students from Northampton Community College, traveled thousands of miles over the summer to a remote village in Peru, to install a wind turbine.

8 students and 2 faculty members from Northampton Community College decided to take a different summer trip of sorts to the foot of the Pastoruri glacier, thousands of miles away in Peru.

Associate Professor of Communications, Christine Armstrong says she took a similar trip the year before through an organization called WindAid.

This year, she decided to take some students.

"This time, it was a totally different experience and even more rewarding because I got to see the change in students and in their lives" said Armstrong.

The project had an even bigger impact, earning a place in the Guinness book of world records.

"It was installed at 4,482 meters or 16,017 feet which is the highest altitude of any wind turbine in the world" said Armstrong.

Armstrong adds the altitude did make it hard for some of the students to acclimatize.

"You can't work at the same pace at that altitude, you can't work straight through at that altitude. So they had to rely on each other a whole lot more than they normally would" she said.

The trip was such a success, Armstrong plans on taking a group every summer traveling to the most remote places building and installing wind turbines.

"I can definitely say that so far in my life, doing this project was the hardest thing I've ever done and I was closest to the sickest I've ever been in my entire life and I would still do it again” said sophomore Ashlyn Summers.