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Thursday April 28, 2016

Winning idea By Nikki Papatsoumas

An innovative young girl’s electrifying idea will be frozen in time beneath the capital’s new wind turbine. On Friday, April 15, Brooklyn’s new wind turbine was officially opened, with children from Brooklyn, Ridgeway and St Bernard’s Schools in attendance. Children from the schools had earlier been invited to share their ideas as a part of a competition about how they would like to see the world look in 20 years’ time. Brooklyn School student, eightyear-old Ashreya Ranchord’s ‘energy floor’ design was selected as the winner. “I go the idea because kids have a lot of energy. So I thought if kids have a lot of energy, we could collect that somehow,” Ashreya said. “I designed a playground with a special floor. When all the kids are jumping and running around the floor collects the energy and puts it into batteries which can be sent around the world.” Unfortunately, Ashreya was not present for the opening of the turbine. However, she and her class mates will visit the new turbine next term. Other ideas submitted by children as part of the competition included building a wind turbine gondola, growing fruit trees and vegetables along the streets of Brooklyn and building more wind turbines. Meridian community engagement manager, Carly Anderson, said she was impressed with the careful thought, consideration of some of the childrens’ ideas. “The fantastic futuristic inventions and visions were sealed

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were keen to be involved. “Many of the local children can see the wind turbine from their own backyard or from school, and there’s a sense of ownership of it,” she said. “The Brooklyn Wind Turbine has become somewhat of an icon for the community, and for Wellington.”

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