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Kansas High School Students Test Airspace Awareness Software as Part of Wind for Schools Project

March 1, 2011

Local television and newspaper coverage continues for Eudora High School in Kansas, the planned location for a Wind for Schools project installation in April/May 2011. KCTV from Kansas City aired a segment, "Eudora High, KDOT Unveil New Software Program," detailing how the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) learned about the turbine project and chose Eudora as a testing ground for a new online airspace awareness software tool (the first of its kind in the nation). The program uses tools like Google Earth to show whether towers or other high structures will interfere with surrounding airspace and airports. Students tested the software in its development stage and learned that the turbine did not interfere with Lawrence airport's airspace. Eudora math teacher Scott Keltner said the turbine project and the partnership with KDOT has been a real-life teaching tool. The Lawrence Journal-World also published an article, "KDOT demonstrates new Airspace Awareness Tool at Eudora High School," on the software and the KDOT-Eudora partnership, complete with a photo gallery from a press conference hosted in Keltner's classroom.

—Julie Jones