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Wind Energy Blows Life into many Industries

When you think of wind energy, you may visualize physicists designing wind farms, technicians maintaining the turbines or many of the other career paths available in wind energy, but do you consider who makes the turbines?

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New Worlds: Gaming and Animation

Gaming, a $2.75 billion industry, relies on the skills of people like gaming design expert Craig Wolfe to create alternate worlds. People young and old engross themselves in the imagined realities of games like Halo and Call of Duty. Gamers can take on new personae, employ superhuman strength, and perform fantastical feats all thanks to the innovation and skill of game designers. What started with games like Tetris, blocks falling from the sky, has evolved into an outlet of escape where anything is possible.

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Personal Encounter with Wind Energy

Driving from Colorado to Texas last week, I passed a sprawling wind farm. Looking out my car window, I was struck by the power of those white turbines rotating wind above the stark, flat landscape.

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Not Just a Game

Video games are a $27.5 billion dollar industry, and it’s an industry that keeps on growing. The first video game was created in the 1970s by a young engineer named Al Alcorn. In just 40 years, the industry has grown $7.4 billion in annual sales, just short of the $9.49 billion that films brought in. Making a video game is not a one-person job any more, however. Modern video games take hundreds of professionals months to create, not to mention the amount of money invested in them. With the industry growing at such a fast pace and the amount of manpower needed to create these video games, employment opportunity is bright. Some jobs available are designers, story builders, artists, composers, producers, production technicians, production assistants, simulation programmers, graphic artists, animators, designers, screenwriters, editors, clay modelers, and more.

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Building A Wind Turbine

Currently we have several wind energy publishing projects in the works—a TechBrief newsletter, a career guide, and an electromechanical textbook—so we’ve been doing a lot of research in this area. (Especially when we get the wind energy TechBrief done I’ll post a link to it as it will have the latest education & employment numbers.) Anyone who happens to be driving out in West Texas on I-20 will see both the ever-growing windfarms as well as the pieces of turbines being hauled down the highway on semis. When I met last week with Keith Plantier of the Texas Wind Energy Institute he mentioned that there were quite a few good videos on YouTube showing wind turbines. One of the best I found was this one, that documents the building of a wind turbine at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota:

(If anyone knows of other particularly good videos relating to wind turbines, feel free to leave a comment below with its Web address.)

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