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Bennett Stouder and Alexander Hoyng are sixth grade students from Northmoor Elementary who created a ground-based airport runway turbine in order to help the environment.
According to the students, the energy efficiency of jet engines is only 30%. The turbines, next to the runway, will help by catching the air from the jet engines and use that energy to power the airport. This will reduce carbon emissions and the use of fossil fuels.
Stouder and Hoyng, with the support of their teacher Jenn Stormer, won first place for their age group and received a $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond.
Winning gave the boys reassurance on their skills when working in the STEM field.
“It means that I can be more than I originally thought I could,” Hoyng said.
On Friday, June 5, the students, along with all the winning teams, participated in a virtual ceremony and presented their projects to a group of participants including judges, Toshiba and NSTA executives and Bill Nye.
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Stormer, who has taught the boys for four years, said the competition affirmed how the students are bright, hardworking and innovative thinkers.
“It was really cool to see their project evolve and it totally came from them,” she said. “And it makes me think of how cool it is for me to see what they end up doing with their lives moving forward.”