KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- Two students from Klamath County are national engineering champions. The Kidwind Challenge is an annual wind-energy competition for middle and high school students.
The winners are both juniors at Henley High School in Klamath Falls. They told NewsWatch12 this was their third year competing. Students all across the country designed and built their own wind turbines. At nationals, there were about 80 teams. The teams that were able to produce the most energy with their turbines won.
Gracie Parker and Alyssa Michaelis won first place in the regional competition and again at nationals. They were the only all-girl team at the national competition.
The girls won three awards including first place regionals, the grand prize national champions and won highest power output at nationals.
"A lot of different turbines were made out of plastic and wood, so they were very lightweight," Michaelis said. "And ours was only one of the few metal turbines, so that gave us a little higher output of energy."
The girls told Newswatch12 they're hoping to compete again next year as seniors. They say a lot of their success is a result from their teachers at Henley High School.