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FIU's Wall of Wind  (Source: http://wow.fiu.edu/)

FIU’s Wall of Wind (Source: http://wow.fiu.edu/)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Eight teams of high school students from across Miami-Dade are putting their designs to the test at a wind challenge at Florida International University.

The teams built models which they felt that would improve a building’s aerodynamic performance. The models are being tested at FIU’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 are participating in the competition. On hand are officials with FIU’s International Hurricane Research Center, which collaborates with the National Hurricane Center.

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