Science Saturday

2 years ago | Jun 27, 2017
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Mini-wind turbines, dinosaur bones, DNA extraction, 3-D printing, and virtual reality were just some of the exciting experience at Science Saturday last weekend at the Wichita State University Innovation Campus. This fun event was a fundraiser to bring Science Friday to Wichita, KS, on September 9th to focus on science and innovations in the Wichita area. Science Friday features entertaining and educational stories about science and technology, with more than 1.8 million listeners each week on 374 public radio stations across the United States. The show rarely goes "on the road” which makes their Wichita visit even more special.

Climate + Energy Project was honored to help out by managing the energy station at the Saturday fundraiser.  In partnership with our friends at Siemens Gamesa, we held a wind turbine blade design competition. Attendees had a variety of materials and their imagination to design the fastest moving blades. Utilizing a wind- stimulating fan, we tested the speed of their blades. After a friendly, but fierce competition and multiple creative designs- we had a winner! Leroy Hershberger won a miniature Siemens Gamesa wind turbine generating 10.5 volts with his turbine!  

In addition to hosting the lively competition, we shared Kansas wind materials, provided by the Kansas Department of Commerce, and discussed some of Climate + Energy Project’s latest programs, like WEALTH (Water, Energy, Air, Land, Transportation, and Health) and the Clean Energy Business Council. Throughout our conversations with attendees, we heard multiple landowners ask, "how do I get wind on my property?”  We definitely hope to see more wind as well; the efforts to grow transmission capacity will make that growth possible.



The event sold out- a clear sign of how excited Kansans are about science and innovations in the heartland. The Climate + Energy Project works hard to highlight and celebrate energy innovations in Kansas through balanced facts and our solutions-based approach, and you can help support our work! We hope to see you at Science Friday on September 9th at the Orpheum! (Tickets go on sale July 1st).