Student Team Wins Regional KidWind Challenge Competition
A five-student team from Lanier Middle took first place in the Virginia Northern Region KidWind Challenge competition held at the Smithsonian Institution’s Udvar-Hazy Center. Technology education teacher Robert D’Souza led the Spinners to first place. The KidWind Challenge is a nationwide wind turbine competition where students design, build, and test a wind turbine which has to fit within a specified wind tunnel and with a specific generator. The team is awarded points in a rigorous STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) format including energy generated in the wind tunnel, a knowledge quiz, and an interview by an expert panel of judges on wind energy. Teams that win the regional competition advance to the national competition which this year is in Chicago. Students also get exposed to the largest wind energy conference in the world which is held at the same venue organized by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) where the top corporations that design and manufacture wind turbines are present.