Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Explore wind as an energy source March 2

Get hands-on with renewable wind energy activities at this free event March 2 at the Jim Hall Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Road. 

From 8 a.m.-noon, you'll have a chance to design, build and test a wind turbine. Participants will use everyday materials to build the turbine then compete with other workshop participants to see who can generate the most electricity, lift the largest load, and power a pump to raise the most water. 

The workshop is open to anyone age 12 and older.  The instructors are Boise State University students who are studying the STEM disciplines - science, technology, engineer, and math.  These students have been exploring turbine-building kits known as KidWind, and will use those kits in the workshop.

This project is offered by BSU's Service Learning Program as part of a campus initiative to promote service learning in STEM.  Funds supporting this project are made possible by a partnership with the NSF-funded STEM Station. Martin Schimpf is the principal investigator.

The Foothills Learning Center is operated by Boise Parks & Recreation. To get to the center, take 8th Street north from downtown to Hulls Gulch Reserve. Go 1/3 mile past the end of the pavement.

Enrollment is limited to 25.  To sign up, please call the Foothills Learning Center at 493-2530.  We'll need your name, address, phone, email, and age.  There is no cost to attend.