For Roland Grise students like Garrett Leatherwood, testing wind turbines was about more than getting a good grade. Friday’s science fair was a time for the students to show off their projects. "My main goal is to re-power America, and sometime, and maybe not in my lifetime, the world with clean energy provided by wind turbines," said Leatherwood. His science fair project tested which elevation would produce enough wind to run the turbine. "65 feet up, I got the highest results. At 35 feet up I got the 2nd highest. And the control which I placed in the sealed vehicle, I got the lowest, which was zero." His experiment won first place amongst sixth graders, just solidifying his future aspirations. "When I grow up I want to be a wind turbine expert slash engineer." Chris Wojnarowski, the eighth grade winner designed a homemade hovercraft. "I put the sheet right under it so it could make the air bubble, and then I put the duck tape around the edges." Chris said his winning hovercraft was easy to build and he hopes these newly-learned skills will help him in the future. "I would like to be a computer technician in the army.” And for both young scientists, the experimenting doesn't stop here. The science fair winners will go on to the county competition. If they win there, they will advance to the state level, and compete for a scholarship.
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