Students Learn How To Harness The WindPosted: Updated:
It was a chance to get out of the classroom and put their engineering skills to work.
Students in grades 6 through 8 were instructed to make wind turbines Friday, testing voltage and weight.
"I'll probably add more onto the blades and make them less heavy," said Taelyn Larracuente, a 7th grader from Copenhagen.
"Doing it together with my team and seeing if we win or not," said Wyatt Cornell, a 6th grader from Lowville.
Walter Berwick is a teacher in engineering and design at the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center in Glenfield.
For the last three years, Berwick and his high school seniors have organized the competition, inviting area middle schoolers to participate.
"To bring the young kids in and get them to work as a team. The whole idea is to try it the first time and then make something better," said Berwick.
While the students aren't making real wind turbines, they say a challenge like this lets them see how those have an impact in the community.
"I see how much voltage comes off of one turbine we made at a little table. You see those out there and realize how much they actually do for people and how much we benefit from them," said Colin Kempney, an 8th grader from Lowville.
Students say a lot of it was trial and error.
Once scores were tallied, members from the winning team each got to take home a drone.