Cyprus Classical Academy and 75F partner to transform STEM learning into a real world project.
BURNSVILLE, MN, JUNE 2, 2017 – For many elementary schools, STEM programs consist of textbooks, online research and classroom experiments. For the students of Cyprus Classical Academy in Burnsville MN, STEM recently got real. On May 22, 8- and 9-year-old students installed the school’s HVAC control system through a partnership with 75F, a local building automation company.
Cyprus Classical Academy teachers saw this installation as an opportunity to teach their students about the real-world applications of STEM, including the importance of energy efficiency and air quality. The renovation not only created a unique learning experience for the students—the new system could save Cyprus nearly 50% annually on their HVAC energy expenses. View the press release here.
The proposed solution will optimize the school’s HVAC and indoor air quality simultaneously using Dynamic Airflow Balancing (DAB) and Outside Air Optimization (OAO). The project consists of installing 75F room sensors in every classroom. These sensors will measure thermal snapshots every 60 seconds, which are then analyzed and combined with weather forecast data to send the optimal control strategy to the Central Control Unit (CCU). From there, the system proposes ongoing adjustments to smart dampers and room sensors and works with multiple Rooftop Units (RTUs) to reduce energy usage, improve comfort. Reducing those pesky temperature imbalances and correcting that "stuffy air" issue will benefit employees and students alike.
How did the project make the students feel? Well see for yourself.