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Fourth Graders Prepare For KidWind GE Competition

Fourth graders at Forest Park Elementary School began preparing this week for the annual KidWind competition to be held April 9 and sponsored by General Electric Co. - Schenectady. The competition is open to students in grades 4-12.

Fourth graders spent an afternoon building model wind turbines in groups of three. Students were then able to test their designs to see whose turbine produced the most voltage. 

Spring trap (Tyler, Anessa, and Cassie) produced the most voltage with .89 volts, Turbine Tacos (Damian, Lennon, and Emily) came in second with .80 volts, and Power Ten Plus (Gabby and Antonio) finished close behind with .79 volts. Sometime in March, students who wish to continue to develop their turbines will be able to compete for a chance to represent our school at the GE competition.

KidWind is a national organization that gets students excited about wind power and careers in STEM fields related to renewable energy. KidWind accomplishes their goals by hosting local, regional and national challenges.

The KidWind challenge is a student driven wind turbine design competition. Students engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as they design and construct their wind turbines from scratch. When the teams convene on the day of the competition the performance of each wind turbine is evaluated in a custom built wind tunnel. Wind turbines are judged and prizes are awarded at the competition; the event at its core is about learning. Students are immersed and passionately engaged in science and engineering as they design and redesign their turbines.

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