Tayla Stevenson, Lillibelle Bassingthwaite and Madison Marchant made up a scientific team called “Toledo Elementary Boomers” and they very successfully competed in the Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge held at Hatfield Marine Science Center. They did so well in the wind energy category they were invited to compete at the national level in New Orleans!
These talented young fifth graders breezed through the competition through ingenious engineering and team work. Their radical windmill design, made of cardboard, was good enough take second place in the Wind Energy Category for grades third through sixth.
Winners, including this talented team from Toledo, were invited to the National Wind Energy Challenge “KidWinds” windpower national level, sponsored by General Electric and American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The next level of competition will be held in New Orleans, LA, at the Ernest Morial Convention Center on May 23rd and 24th.
Unfortunately, there was no funding to support travel expenses to the National competition. So an account has been set up at the Toledo branch of Bank of the West to collect donations to help send the girls to the National competition in New Orleans.
They’ve also set up donation sites at local Toledo businesses such as Ace Hardward, Muggley’s, Food Fair, Pizza Me, Napa, Feed & Seed, Mike’s Mercantile and JC Market. Les Schwab’s Toledo location has already donated $50.00 to get the ball rolling!
Time is short to raise the funds needed, but the community has the ability to rally behind these clever collaborators to send them on to represent, not only Toledo, but Lincoln County at the KidWinds National Competition. Please visit one of these local businesses or stop in at any Bank of the West location to donate to the Kid Wind Energy Fund today!
For information about how to donate at Bank of the West, please call 541-336-2227.