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Wind energy challenge also inspires

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Richland, WA- Having some fun with wind energy could blow some students into careers of engineering and science.

About 200 middle school children from Pasco, Wapato, Granger and Sunnyside School Districts competed at WSU Tri-Cities today in the Math Engineering And Science Achievement Program, MESA, which promotes math, engineering and science careers.

The object of today's contest; lift a weight solely by wind energy. The goal of MESA program is to inspire minorities and young girls, who may not think about getting involved in math and science.

Mesa Director Neiri Carrasco says many organizations and mentors pitch in to encourage the kids. "We also take them on field trips, bring speakers in their classrooms, challenge them with additional activities that may not be what they normally do in class, get to see math and science in a different way that's fun and encouraging for them."

The winners of today's regional competition will move on to a state run-off and possibly the national championship.