Educational Complex students win KidWind turbine design competition

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ST. THOMAS - St. Croix Educational Complex breezed through the territory's first "KidWind" turbine design challenge for high school students.

Not far behind in the challenge were Charlotte Amalie High School, which placed second, and Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic School, which placed third. In all, 21 students from eight high schools around the territory entered nine homemade wind turbines, built from an assortment of materials of the students' choosing.

The event took place in the Charlotte Amalie High School gymnasium on Saturday.

Each of the schools chose students to participate in the KidWind challenge, which was put on by the V.I. Energy Office and the University of the Virgin Islands. KidWind is a national program encouraging youth to take an interest in wind energy technology.

The turbines were judged based on how much energy they produced when set before a machine-created wind tunnel nicknamed "Mrs. Windy." The tunnel blew at 5 meters per second, according to Don Buchanan, spokesman for the Energy Office.

"This brought our smart, technically minded youth out to demonstrate their innovativeness and ingenuity in the area of wind technology," said Karl Knight, director of the V.I. Energy Office.

The event replaced the office's annual solar car races, as the Energy Office wanted to try something new.

Participating schools from St. Croix included Manor School, St. Croix Educational Complex, St. Croix Career and Technical Education Center and IQRA Academy. On St. Thomas, participating schools included Charlotte Amalie High School, Ss. Peter and Paul, All Saints Cathedral School and Antilles School.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email

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