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Students experiment to learn about wind energy

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Southport Elementary fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Blacklock was one of two teachers who requested assistance and gave local 4-H youth a chance to practice their leadership skills.
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Angie Lawrence, 4-H program assistant, and her helpers Alexis Apple, Angelique Apple, Owen Bell and Bobbi Jane Lawrence taught students about renewable energy and more. The youth who participated in the program enhanced their engineering skills by designing, building and testing two different wind turbine models.
Blacklock will continue teaching from the Wired for Wind curriculum and students will also be able to relate their scientific experiences back to their own lives as they determine the best location for a wind farm in their state or local area by calculating wind power and studying wind data and maps.
The program was designed by the University of Nebraska, Lincoln Extension, in partnership with KidWind. The experiment is set up in a way that will demonstrate how implementing alternatives to traditional energy production can have a positive impact on ecosystems and communities.
To learn more about Brunswick County 4-H and how to participate in activities like these, contact Blair Green, 4-H extension agent, at blair_wooten@ncsu.edu or Angie Lawrence, 4-H program assistant, at angie_lawrence@ncsu.edu. Call the Cooperative Extension office at 253-2610 or visit its website at http://brunswickco4h.shutterfly.com/ or blog at http://brunswick4h.wordpress.com.