Smithfield, Windsor students place in regional KidWind competition

Published 8:04 pm Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Four Smithfield Middle School students recently entered and won first place – as Team JAMS – in the Eastern Regional KidWind Challenge’s middle school division.

KidWind takes a hands-on approach to teaching students about renewable energy by supplying teachers with do-it-yourself solar and wind generator kits. According to the organization’s website, KidWind challenge events have been implemented in 30 states since 2009, with roughly 40,000 students competing in 300 events across the country.

Windsor Elementary students placed second in the elementary division and won the Judge’s Award.

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The high school division saw the return of Smithfield High’s Team AirBenders, who placed third for their wind turbine design. Team AirBenders had previously placed third in last year’s regional contest, and advanced to both the statewide and national competitions.