Congratulations to the KidWind Participants from the Learning Barn!

A big congratulations to the Learning Barn and their participants for traveling to New Orleans to participate in KidWind! KidWind is a national competition that has students designing and building small-scale turbines. In order to win, you must create the most innovative turbine with the highest energy output. Your team must also be able to work together through different tasks and challenges posed by the judges. The grand prize at nationals is up to $5,000 in cash and prizes. The two KidWind teams from Roanoke competed in the regionals at George Mason University, where the high school teams placed first and second, earning them cash prizes of $700 each. 


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The national competition took place in New Orleans on May 24. There were 30 teams present, comprising more than 400 high school and middle school students. Congratulations again to the Learning Barn teams on their achievement! 

Read more about the KidWind challenge here.

Read more about the teams from the Learning Barn here.

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“As the 19th district representative of the House of Delegates, I'm excited to see Virginia's first wind energy project enter its final phase of compliance. The community is excited to see the alternative form of energy come to completion. We look forward to the construction beginning and the successful completion of Virginia's first wind farm.”- Delegate Terry Austin, Virginia House of Delegates, 19th District

"Rocky Forge will be a large contributor to Botetourt County’s tax base, while having a minimal effect on existing land use of the thousands of acres of rural land in the project area. This seems like a win-win to me.”-Jack Leffel, Chairman, Botetourt County Board of Supervisors

“Botetourt County studied and reviewed Rocky Forge Wind for over a year. It was ultimately approved unanimously by our Board of Supervisors both because it met our county’s wind energy guidelines and because it aligns with Botetourt County’s mission of embracing responsible growth and innovation.”- Gary Larrowe, County Administrator, Botetourt County

“The Chamber of Commerce is delighted at the prospect of having Apex join the Botetourt family of businesses. A new renewable energy business in Botetourt will be good for the local economy and the environment and the Chamber is looking forward to working with Apex in the future.”-Pete Pearl, President, Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce

“Virginians overwhelmingly want more renewable energy, and wind power offers one of the cleanest, safest forms of electricity generation. Rocky Forge Wind is a great step toward growing the Commonwealth’s clean energy."-Dan Crawford, Group Chair, Roanoke Group of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club

“As a resident of Botetourt County for more than 25 years and supporter of our area’s sporting traditions, I believe wind energy is a great way to produce power while protecting traditional land uses like hunting and fishing.”-Sherry Crumley, Board Member, National Wildlife Turkey Federation

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