HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The students from Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen who won an award at the National KidWind Championships in San Antonio, Texas, were recognized at the capitol in Topeka Wednesday.
The Hutchinson team was one of three Kansas KidWind teams that prevailed in regional contests, faced off against competition at the state finals, then went on to win awards at the national event.
The team met with Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Commerce David Toland, who congratulated them on their success and thanked them for representing Kansas so well on a national stage. The team had the opportunity to talk with the Lieutenant Governor about their turbine design, lessons learned, and their experiences in competition. He encouraged them to keep up the good work.
The team was also taken on a guided tour of the capitol and treated to lunch.
To participate in the KidWind Challenge, student teams work together to design, build and test a wind turbine using the materials of their choice. Each team’s turbine is put to the test in a wind tunnel. Scoring is based on turbine performance, a knowledge quiz, a presentation to judges where the team explains its design process, and an instant challenge.
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