The wind has blown; the scores are in

On Tuesday, May 23rd, Team Hot Glue, Helen Lucas and Allison Sanders, arrived in Anaheim at the 2017 National Kidwind Competition.  Twenty four other high school teams joined them in assembling wind turbines and preparing for 2 days of testing and challenges at the American Wind Energy Association’s National Convention.

With a score of 146.26 mJ of energy, Willamette ranked 3rd in energy production.  Overall, including tests of knowledge, a vertical axis challenge, windfarm siting, and interviews, Team Hot Glue was ranked 6th.  We did not bring home the national title but the team was satisfied with the strength of their performance and inspired to expand their skills for next year.

Highlights of the event included touring the convention floor where the students learned about many aspects of wind energy generation from professionals attending from Germany, Denmark, Australia, Spain, Canada, and France.  The students learned that opportunities for career paths within wind energy are many and varied.  Collaboration with other teams during the event was another peak.  Teams often worked together to solve problems that arose during competition.

Thank you to EWEB, the Bethel Boosters, several individuals who contributed through Go Fund Me, as well as other private donors. This trip could not have happened without all of this support!

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