2010 winners > 17+ years > Microturbine
Taikura Rudolf Steiner School, Hawkes Bay
Shahn created a wind turbine from an old Fisher & Paykel washing machine. While Shahn designed the whole thing himself, he realised that to get it made he would have to consult with a team of experts. Shahn demonstrated advanced project management skills and a single minded drive to get his project completed by effectively managing the contribution from all the team members. It wasn’t just designing, fabricating, and assembling the project that was to prove a challenge, Shahn also had to erect the thing! He based his method of raising the device on the trebuchets from medieval times. He also needed to develop a swivel to make sure that the device pointed in the right direction.
My project was inspired by the need for technology committed to cleaner electricity production. The best part of developing my project was the first test when everything worked for the first time. It was really exciting to see it all come together after so much time and planning.
Building this project was an enormous commitment. For the most part of a year my wind turbine has been my entire life. Achieving so well in what I set out to accomplish was very rewarding.