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Montana Students Learn about Wind Energy

June 7, 2011

Montana Energy Corps members Kaleena Miller and Andrew Valainis presented basic wind energy concepts to six middle school classes as part of Laurel Aviation and Technology Week on May 10. The event provides Montana students with an opportunity to learn about developments in technology industries. Kaleena and Andrew worked with Dave Ryan, Wind Powering America's Montana Wind for Schools facilitator from the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and Wind Powering America's Montana Wind Applications Center lead Robb Larson from Montana State University in Bozeman. Following the presentation, students assembled miniature wind turbines and tested different wind turbine blade shapes to see how they affected the turbine's electrical output.

Eleven turbines have been installed in Montana as part of Wind Powering America's Wind for Schools Project since 2008. Read the NCAT story.

—Julie Jones