MARCY — About 70 middle and high school students from Oneida, Herkimer, Albany and Hamilton counties who designed and constructed functional wind turbines will test their engineering skills in the KidWind Challenge on Wednesday at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
For the event, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the SUNY Poly field house, students will compete by showcasing and testing the performance of their wind turbines, as well as presenting their design process to a panel of judges.
Judges will evaluate each team’s wind turbine energy output and design, the documentation of their design process, and their knowledge of renewable energy. The teams that place first and second in their age divisions will represent New York at the 2019 National KidWind Challenge in Houston on May 20-23, according to a KidWind announcement.
The KidWind Challenge is one of many activities taking place during the STEM Exploration Showcase sponsored by SUNY Poly; STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The more than 200 students in attendance can participate in various STEM activities throughout the day, including Balsa wood bridge, computer-aided design, and catapult contests; CO2 car and mousetrap vehicle racing; junkyard wars; and a “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” robotics demonstration.