William Lemle, a sophomore at Anthony Wayne High School, competed in the National FFA Agriscience Fair in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday, October 20, 2011.
William began the agriscience fair project, titled “Windmill Energy”, approximately one year ago. He began by researching alternative energy sources, then asking a question and forming a hypothesis. William then built a windmill model, and tested two different lengths of windmill blades at six different angles. His goal was to establish the best combination of size and angle of blade to produce the maximum wind energy.
After conducting the test, William analyzed the data, produced charts and graphs, and made conclusions based off of his data. He concluded that shorter blades at 75-degree angles produced the maximum amount of wind energy. William then created a display to communicate his results, and presented his findings at the Pettisville Local Science Fair, then the Ohio FFA Agriscience Fair, where he earned first place in his division.
This first place provided William with the opportunity to present at the National FFA Agriscience Fair in the engineering division of 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students. William presented his findings to the judges in Indianapolis, and earned 4th place and a gold rating in his division, which included 20 participants.