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4-H National Youth Science Day Will Focus On Wind Energy

4-H National Youth Science Day Will Focus On Wind Energy

To introduce young people to the possibilities of using wind as a clean, widely available, and low-cost source of renewable energy, 4-H National Headquarters and the National 4-H Council recently announced the theme for this year’s National Science Experiment: Wired for Wind.

The exciting annual youth science event brings together youth from all around the nation to complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD), which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.

Experiment participants will demonstrate how implementing alternatives to traditional energy production can have a positive impact on communities and ecosystems.

4-H youth will be asked to design, build, and test two different wind turbine models. Wired for Wind will also help youth 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.

In a time when the number of Americans who worry “a great deal” or “a fair amount” about climate change has decreased from 63 percent in 2001 to 51 percent today, educating young students about the urgent need for clean energy technolgies is more important than ever.

“We created this year’s experiment to help young people understand the important link between energy, the environment and their community,” said F. John Hay, Associate Extension Educator in Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension, who helped develop the National Science Experiment.

“Ultimately, we hope that this experiment will inspire young people to continue their interest in science and engineering throughout their secondary education, into college and on into career opportunities.”

If you’re interested in participating int he Wired for Wind experiement, visit the National 4-H website in May 2011 for event planning and promotional toolkits, experiment guides, and the official NYSD experiement materials kit.

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5:14AM PDT on Apr 26, 2011


1:59AM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

Fantastic!!! Something will come out of this!!

5:35AM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

that is good.

8:49PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

This is fantastic news!

4:40AM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Great to see kids getting involved. But be really careful about considering wind power in a residential community. It's fine in uninhabited spaces and large empty tracts of land, but you don't want something 10 stories tall next to your house. They do fall over. The blades do fall off. The blades collect ice, which, when it falls off, could be deadly. The whooshing sound is very loud and the shadows they make across a room can drive people to distraction. Imagine being in a car and going from dark to light every 10 seconds. That's what it's like - and imagine if you have to live with it every day. So consider placement of wind towers very very carefully. Don't be fooled by the people who are pushing it as the new best thing.

10:17PM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Very good!

4:36PM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Great to see children being involved in science.

6:24AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

Awesome, thanks for sharing this.

1:24AM PDT on Apr 19, 2011

This is fantastic!! I wish every grade level of every school would do the same!!!...If you know a teacher share this story with them!! Thankyou!

10:53PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

what a great idea, love it!

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