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Science: Williston students build wind turbines

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Wind turbines are coming to Williston Central School this month — mini ones, that is. Volunteers from Make It Science, a group of IBM engineers and retirees, will build PVC-pipe wind towers for a group of seventh and eighth graders as part of the Power In the Wind project. During the three-week intensive, students will learn to build their own turbine blades out of recycled materials such as milk jugs and yogurt containers and compete to see which are the most energy efficient and attractive. IBM senior engineer Dave Harmon developed the curriculum, which integrates lessons in electricity, design and even civics — students stage a wind-energy debate as part of the project. Harmon says IBM encourages its staff to participate as a way to promote science and technical education. Sounds like the kind of project that should take a "spin" around the state.

Power In the Wind: Find project and contact info at makeitscience.com.

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