Miami-Dade High School Students Test Wind Challenge Designs

Wednesday, May 21, 2014  |  Updated 7:18 AM EDT
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A group of high school students from Miami-Dade County will test their aerodynamic designs in a wind challenge.
 
The teams built models that would improve a building's aerodynamic performance. The models will be tested Wednesday at Florida International University's Wall of Wind.

  Judges will evaluate how each model performs against winds produced by a giant fan capable of simulating a Category 5 hurricane.
 
A school statement says the 2014 Wall of Wind Mitigation Challenge will demonstrate the importance of designing against the forces created by hurricane winds, resulting in more hurricane resistant buildings and less property damage.
 
More than 100 students and teachers will be participating in the competition. On hand will be officials with FIU's International Hurricane Research Center, which collaborates with the National Hurricane Center.

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