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Grade 5 Capstone Project Tackles Wind Energy
Posted 04/08/2019 10:03AM

Baldwin's Grade 5 recently tackled a combined Science and DREAM Lab® Capstone Project, where the students explored one of the world's most challenging engineering problems — providing clean and renewable energy to our planet. Through the National KidWind Challenge, our students learned about wind energy and they designed, tested and improved blades for a wind turbine with the goal of maximum electrical output. They either built an entire wind turbine and blades or focused specifically on blade design. They presented their projects to a panel of environmental experts and tested their blades in a wind tunnel built specifically for this event.

For students who were looking for an additional challenge and who were able to commit to working on their project on their own outside of school hours, there was the option of designing, testing and improving the blades. From this group, three teams qualified to travel to the Pennsylvania KidWind Challenge at Penn State University:

  • Team Savona: Sedona Cohen and Avery Haron
  • Wind Sisters: Evelyn Jean and Landyn D'Amico
  • Dynamic Energy Duo: Olivia Choo and Hope Goldman
  • More than 160 students competed, including 15 Middle School and 15 Upper School teams from across the state. Baldwin's three student teams presented their unique turbine designs and documentation to a panel of expert judges and then each team tested their turbine in a wind tunnel. The girls were excellent ambassadors of Baldwin, and they were prepared, poised and professional. Thank you to Computer Science and Engineering Department Chair and Lower School DREAM Lab Coordinator Stephanie Greer and Lower School Science Teacher Becky Lewis for all of their hard work in preparing the girls for this event.

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