Several students from recently earned a gold medal in the KidWind Regional Competition, which engages students in an open-ended competition to build small-scale wind turbines that demonstrate the promise and limits of a wind-powered future
Middle and high school students from across Long Island competed in the challenge, hosted by the and National Grid.
Mineola placed first among all middle schools in their division.
After two weeks of collaboration on their design, a team of students from the middle school designed and constructed a wind turbine to create the greatest amount of electricity. At the competition the students had to present their design to a panel of judges from the Cradle of Aviation Museum and National Grid.
The judges were very impressed with Team Mineola’s ability to communicate their design. However, in its first round through the wind tunnel, the Mineola team noticed some issues with their turbine. They were given 15 minutes to assess and repair the turbine for final evaluation, with the team members able to make repairs and demonstrate the working 4-1 gear ration wind turbine once in the wind tunnel.