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It sure is good to be king, right? LeBron James' nickname is King James, and as far as Nike is concerned, he's king for life.

The company confirmed its deal with James on Monday. It's believed to be Nike's first-ever lifetime endorsement deal. James was just a teenager when he first signed with Nike in 2003 for a seven-year, $90 million endorsement deal.

That was before he ever even played in the NBA! And it seems like the gamble paid off. Nike has made thirteen versions of James' signature shoe. The four-time MVP is the company's highest earner.

We've talked a lot about renewable energy over the past few episodes and soon we'll have a great example pretty close to home!

A six turbine wind farm is set to be built on Lake Erie - 10 miles north of Cleveland. A Norwegian developer with experience building in the North Sea has pledged to build what will be the first United States offshore wind farm.

The project is set to begin generating electricity by 2018. Lake Erie is thought to be a good place for the wind turbines, due to its shallow waters close to shore, minimal waves and of course, high winds.

A critical piece of NASA’s Orion spacecraft is set to undergo a series of tests - right here in Ohio. Orion is NASA’s first new spacecraft for humans in over a generation. It succeeds the now-retired space shuttles.

The spacecraft's service module, that's the area that would provide air, water and electricity for astronauts was delivered to a NASA test facility in Sandusky. It will receive temperature, shaking and pressure extremes tests over the next several months that replicate conditions the module will experience while ascending into space.
Officials say Sandusky's Plum Brook Station was chosen because it has the largest and most sophisticated vacuum chamber in the world.

Instructional Links

Classroom Materials & PDF: Windwise, Interdisciplinary Wind Energy Curriculum


Website Article: eSchool Today, Renewable Energy Sources, What is Wind Power?


Video: Working at a Wind Farm


Website: NASA, Orion


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