B-P students raising funds for challenge

BROADALBIN — Members of Broadalbin-Perth’s KidWind Challenge teams are raising money to defray the cost of their upcoming trip to the national competition in Anaheim, Calif., May 24 to 25. The teams have set up a GoFundMe page and are planning a baked ziti dinner, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at The Learning Community cafeteria.

Tickets for the baked ziti dinner cost $8 each and may be purchased in advance from any team member or coach. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. The dinner is eat-in or take-out and includes baked ziti, salad, a garlic bread stick and a choice of homemade desserts.

Individuals interested in providing direct financial support to the teams may do so through their GoFundMe page, available at gf.me/u/babx8.

The high school team, The Turbinators, qualified for the national competition for the second straight year. The team finished third at the 2016 national challenge in New Orleans.

The Turbinators include freshmen Emmaleigh Clouser, Avery Fenton, Emily Macfarlane, Maria Meola, Patrick Nellis, Meaghan Uhlinger, and Antonio Zevola. The Turbinators are coached by William Eipp, [email protected]

The middle school team, Deturbination, is making its first appearance at the national KidWind Challenge. The members of Deturbination are eighth-graders Bethany Costanzo, Ivy Derwin, Daniel Dylong, Sarah Larsen, Cam Polikowski, and Kayde Smith. Deturbination is coached by Cindy Sengenberger ([email protected]).

The total cost for both teams to travel to Anaheim for the national KidWind Challenge is about $15,000, including flights, meals and lodging.

The district is paying for both coaches to attend, but the students are raising money to pay for their portion of the trip. Each team received $500 from General Electric, which hosted the regional competition, to start them on their fundraising efforts.

The 2017 National KidWind Challenge will take place during the American Wind Energy Association WINDPOWER 2017 conference and includes teams from all across the country.

The competition involves tunnel testing of the team-created wind turbines, judging by engineering staff, instant competitions, and student presentations.

Top performers win a share of cash and prizes.

During the event, all students and coaches have the opportunity to learn from and network with professionals in the wind industry.

By Chad Fleck

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