CSU, Chico News

Windmill Building Fun Part of Book in Common Program

Date: 10-04-2010

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

An artistic windmill-building competition will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gateway Science Museum as part of California State University, Chico and the community’s Book in Common program.

This year’s Book in Common is “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” by William Kamkwamba. The book chronicles the creativity and ingenuity of Kamkwamba as a boy in a village in Malawi, one of the poorest nations in Africa. He finds purpose and motivation in a small library in his village and invents a windmill from cast-off parts after reading about wind power.

The competition is sponsored by the CSU, Chico Mentor Student Association, the First-Year Experience Program and the Gateway Science Museum.

Campus and community teams will have five hours to build a windmill from scratch. They will compete in one of four categories: Most Functional, Most Artistic, Most Whimsical and Best Junior Prize.

CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and Chico Mayor Ann Schwab will be among the judges for the contest. Prizes of $100 will be donated to a cause of the team’s choice.

The winning windmills will be auctioned off during CSU, Chico’s Founders Week 2011, April 9-17, with the proceeds presented to Kamkwamba for philanthropic use while he is on campus for a lecture April 14.

Information and registration form for the competition can be found at http://www.csuchico.edu/fye/bic.

For other Book in Common events, go to http://www.csuchico.edu/bic/calendar.shtml.

CSU, Chico’s First-Year Experience Program (FYE) is designed to help first-year students succeed academically and socially and make a smooth transition to university life. The Mentor Student Association, working in collaboration with FYE, seeks to connect first-year students into Chico campus and community culture through Book in Common-related activities, as well as organizing fundraising projects each year.