U of G Hosts High School Wind Energy Competition

April 26, 2010 - Campus Bulletin

The wind will blow in Ontario high school students to Guelph Tuesday for this year's WindENG design competition.

Students from 36 schools from Guelph to Windsor to Scarborough will show off their designs for energy-generating wind turbines and compete for cash prizes.

Wind turbine designs will be judged by a panel of practising engineers and will be tested in the University's wind tunnel. Among the judges are engineering professors Dave Lubitz and Warren Stiver.

The first-place team will win $2,000 and its winning entry will be acquired by the Canada Science and Technology Museum for the national collection in Ottawa. Top prize will go to the team whose windmill produces the highest average power output. People from the museum will visit Guelph Tuesday during the competition.

The second-place team will win $1,000 and third place, $500. Other prizes will include a rookie award for first-time teams and a Toyota Challenge prize for the team using the most "green" transportation choice for travelling to the competition.

All participating teams will be invited to take part in the Kids' World of Energy Festival to be held in May by the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative.

For more information, contact Bonnie Lasby, 519 824-4120, Ext. 53049.

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