Charlottesville team places in KidWind Challenge

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NEW ORLEANS (NEWSPLEX) -- Some Charlottesville middle school students competed in national challenge and came in second.

The High Voltage team from Jack Jouett Middle School took part in the National KidWind Challenge in New Orleans.

That gained them a $750 prize along with lab equipment for their school.

The challenge aims to inspire a passion for renewable energy and engineering in students in grade four through 12.

There were 49 teams from around the world competing for the grand prize, $1,500 cash and Vernier Software and Technology lab equipment for their school.

The teams competed by building handcrafted wind turbines, testing the energy output of those turbines, presenting their turbines to judges, and completing several Instant Challenges of problem-solving engineering tasks.

"We want students to strive for their best in the spirit of competition, but our true goal is to foster interest in renewable energy and to have students consider this area of science for a career," said Michael Arquin, the founder of KidWind.

The Jack Jouett team placed second behind Minnetonka Middle School West from Chanhassen, Minnesota and beat The Turbinators from Broadpin-Perth Middle School in Amsterdam, New York.

At the high school level, two teams from the Raisbweck Aviation School in Tukwila, Washington took first and second place.

The 404 Name not Found team from the Hutchins School in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia came in at third.

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