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WindTV: KidWind Challenge set for WINDPOWER 2012

From The American Windpower Association 

The scene couldn't make a parent or teacher more pleased: clusters of students caught up in their respective projects, working together to solve intellectual challenges and having a blast along the way.

That scene, part of what's known as the KidWind Challenge, will soon unfold countless times in one corner of the Georgia World Congress Center at the AWEA WINDPOWER 2012 Conference & Exhibition, which takes place June 3-6 in Atlanta, Ga.

This year WINDPOWER will once again play host to the KidWind Challenge, which is the subject of the latest segment of WindTV, the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) vehicle to highlight how wind works for America.

"The KidWind Challenge is a student-driven wind turbine competition where students design and build wind turbines from scratch," Joe Rand of the KidWind Project explains in the video. In the segment, students from the KidWind Challenge at last year's WINDPOWER in Anaheim, Calif., are seen demonstrating their projects, verbalizing the science behind them, and sharing their enthusiasm and appreciation for wind power technology.

Rand explains that through the KidWind program, kids learn about not only wind energy but general science principles as well. "So the teachers are every bit as pumped about it as the kids are," he says.

WINDPOWER attendees always enjoy stopping by the KidWind Challenge to see the impressive displays and youthful activity. Meanwhile, the kids, for their part, will have an opportunity to take in the event's gigantic exhibition, which will span nearly five football fields. With that firsthand opportunity, they undoubtedly will internalize the link between the technology of a dynamic industry that surrounds them on the show floor and their own projects. That's great news for the wind energy industry, of course, which for the last several years has been hungry for new talent to take an interest in the growing industry and hopefully enter it. Now employing 75,000 people in the U.S., wind power has become a true job generator.

But those wind power jobs are in jeopardy. The federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), wind power's primary policy driver, is set to expire at the end of the year, and already the supply chain is feeling the effects of the uncertainty. A recent study found that extending the PTC will allow the industry to grow to 100,000 jobs in just four years, while an expiration will kill 37,000 jobs.

"The KidWind Challenge is a terrific and important part of WINDPOWER," said AWEA CEO Denise Bode. "We look forward to welcoming the KidWind students, faculty and parents to celebrate our amazing industry in Atlanta. Congress needs to take action now and extend the PTC so that when it's time for these kids to enter the workforce, wind power will be a thriving career option for them."

WindTV is a showcase of video profiles of Americans whose lives have been positively impacted by the wind energy industry. The site, located at www.awea.org/windtv, features a different video profile each week.

To hear more about KidWind, go to WindTV. For more information on WINDPOWER 2012, go to www.windpowerexpo.org.

 

 

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