Local student team headed to national wind turbine competition

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A team of four homeschooled teens from the Rome chapter of NY Loving Education at Home (LEAH) has been invited to the National KidWind Challenge wind turbine design competition in New Orleans on May 23-24, representatives of the Rome LEAH group has announced.

The team, the Rome LEAH Wind Hunters, won first place last month in the KidWind-High School category at the 2016 Mohawk Valley Technology Showcase at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

It also had first-place finishes last year at both the Mohawk Valley Technology Showcase and the General Electric Competition, Rome LEAH said.

The Rome LEAH Wind Hunters, who include students Josiah Araujo, Nathaniel Paul, Carolyn Bielby and Kyle Bielby, “have worked together to build a miniature wind turbine,” involving over 1,000 student hours toward design and construction, according to the announcement. “They learn about teamwork, wind energy, and create a model size wind turbine that is tested for energy output at the competition.”

Without financial support, the student team will not be able to attend the national competition, said Rome LEAH.

People who would like to support the students can send a check payable to Rome LEAH to: Rome LEAH, P.O. Box 4727, Rome, N.Y. 13442. In addition, support can be given through www.youcaring.com/rome-leah-wind-hunters-540242 online.

For more information about the competition, visit www.kidwindchallenge.org online.

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