Three Howard Elementary School fifth-grade students have been working hard since early January with retired Bald Eagle Area administrator Marsha Sackash to establish a team plan for the upcoming KidWind Challenge.
It’s a competition they annually participate in that allows teams of students from around the commonwealth to create a wind turbine and generator that can adequately create power.
Last year, the team from Howard was the youngest team to place in the top 10 during the competition at Penn State. This year’s team -- Matthew English, Wyatt Kowalczyk and Lilly Nyman from teacher Amber Buchanan’s class – is hoping to create their own design with inspiration from past-used wind turbines such as a Vernier wind turbine and the class’s 2017 model.
“We’re trying to make this because wind is a renewable energy source,” Lilly said. She added that they also plan to use recyclable parts to make the apparatus.
This year’s competition will be held at the end of March at Penn State. Students began the research process in January and creative process in February, before they plan to test the design leading up to the competition. Once they compete, the team will be judged on a series of categories that include design, power and presentation.