University of Maine and Maine Composites Alliance Announce Winners of the 2011 Maine
Wind Blade Challenge and DeepCwind Consortium’s Windstorm Challenge.
ORONO, Maine –May 13, 2011- The University of Maine’s AEWC Advanced Structures and
Composites Center and the Maine Composites Alliance (MCA) with the Maine Wind Industry
Initiative (MWII) welcomed students from schools all across Maine to the third annual Maine Wind
Blade Challenge and to the first DeepCwind Consortium’s Windstorm Challenge on Friday, May 13.
More than 300 students from over 30 schools competed at the events.
The Maine Wind Blade Challenge was developed by Maine Composites Alliance in partnership with
the Advanced Structures and Composites Center and the Maine Wind Industry Initiative to inspire
student exploration of alternative energy and advanced materials by participating in a hands-on
application of math, science and engineering. The Wind Blade Challenge partnered high school
teams with Maine advanced composites manufacturers to research, design, and manufacture model
wind blades. Each team competed to generate the most energy over a 2-minute period and their
presentations illustrating their research, design, and engineering processes were judged.
The Windstorm Challenge asked teams of middle and high school students to design and construct
a floating platform for a scale model wind turbine and deliver a business plan and sales pitch to a
panel of expert judges. Teams were critiqued on technical feasibility and aesthetic design of their
platform, as well as the quality of their sales pitch.
Wind Blade Challenge results: A team of seven students from Jay High School placed 1st; a team of
two from Region 10 Technical School in Brunswick placed 2nd; and a class from Westbrook High
School placed 3rd.
Windstorm Challenge results: Team “Ace of Spades” from the Maine School of Science and
Mathematics placed 1st; Team “Floating Ducks” from Mt. Blue High School placed 2nd; and “Team
Syracuse” from Lake Region High School placed 3rd.
The two winning teams were awarded an internship worth up to $20,000. Acceptance of the
internship award requires enrollment at the University of Maine and entails four years of work at
the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. More information about both challenges can be