A project a group of Bald Eagle Area eighth-grade students completed will be in a competition next month that features wind energy apparatuses.
And on Thursday night, the group showcased its work at an annual science fair at the Bald Eagle Area High School.
Co-organizer and Port Matilda Elementary School Principal Terri Kenny said this is the first year Bald Eagle Area School District teamed up with the Penn State Eberly College of Science to hold the event that promoted STEM activities.
Kenny said it was a way to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math.
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“We’ve been doing this fair for as long as I can remember, but we got help from Penn State this year,” Kenny said. “We want to show students a hands-on approach to the sciences that it’s more fun than just taking a test.”
Kenny said the theme this year was to include all aspects of science including chemical, earth, life and the physical sciences.
“It’s our biggest turnout yet,” she said.
Students Elita Brown, Madelyn Daily, Tim Durachko, Zoey McHenry and Dylan Roberts said they teamed up to create a small wind turbine that produced energy from the wind produced by a fan.
That fan faces the windmill that spins at a varying velocity based on the power of the wind the fan emits. The wind energy is then previewed on a circuit set up to the turbine that shows how much electricity is conducted.
“It’s really cool that we can show our classmates and the public what we’ve been up to in class,” Tim said. “It’s been taking a few weeks to finish, but it I think once it’s in the competition it will be worth it.”
Their project will be demonstrated at the KidWind Challenge on March 19.