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Bath County High School students design wind turbine, win contest

(Courtesy: Ed Ozols)
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BATH COUNTY (WSLS 10) -  Bath County High School students are going to New Orleans to compete in the National Championship at the American Wind Energy Association National Convention.

The teams recently competed in Virginia Beach in the wind turbine design contest.  Teams design energy efficient turbines and compete. Bath County won first and second place.

(Courtesy: Ed Ozols)
(Courtesy: Ed Ozols)

Students in the career and technical education center from electricity, carpentry and technology education work together to put the wind turbines together.

"Each student comes in with their own expertise and they learn how to work together," said Ed Ozols, technology and engineering teacher at Bath County High School.

Ozols says the students used a 3D printer to design the gears and he says that made a real difference. Local businesses are donating $2,000 to send the teams to New Orleans.

First Place: Team Old School: Charles O., Tyler T., Zach R., Tommy H.

Second Place: Team New School: Josh C., Derek O., Dennis W., Logan L.

Sponsors: Ed Ozols, Larry Grubbs, Joey Altizer, Jane McMullen