Orono- After 6 months of research, design and manufacturing hundreds of Maine students and teachers brought their wind blade creations to University of Maine to compete in Wind Blade Challenge.
Each team worked with teachers and a composite partner to design and manufacture their unique designs. Paul Williamson, Director of Maine Wind Industry Initiative, “the goal of the event is to inspire students’ exploration of alternative energy and composites materials through STEM education. Every year we are impressed with what the students come up with.”
Wind was blown on each design as spectators watched to see how much wind was generated and students presented their designs to industry judges; the combined scores determined the winners.
The competition was tough with teams producing as much as 27 volts of electricity with their blades. Surprisingly, a first year participants Freeport High School, had two teams in the top three. Jon Armory, Freeport teacher described the experience, “It is a wonderful event, and my students learned so much. One thing I really appreciated was letting students retry their blades after the trails, even though they did count for points. This made the whole event a learning experience were students could play and experiment.”
The event, put on by the Maine Composites Alliance and Maine Wind Industry Initiative, is a collaborative effort connecting industry with high school students. Seventeen composite companies including the Advanced Structures & Composites Center, Kenway and Harbor Technologies worked with students to manufacture their blades in preparation for the challenge.
See the complete results below:
1st place- Freeport Team 2
2nd place- Easton High School
3rd place- Freeport High School
Peoples Choice- Foster Technology Center located at Mount Blue High School
Teacher of the year- Dan Lemieux from Spruce Mt. High in Jay
Composite Partner of the year- Southern Maine Community College Andrew Schoenberg
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