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Spruce Mountain, Caribou and Orono won wind blade composites challenges

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30 May 2018

More than 350 middle and high school students participated in the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge and the 10th Annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

Spruce Mountain, Caribou and Orono won wind blade composites challenges

Members of victorious teams to be offered internships at Composites Center worth $20,000

Spruce Mountain High School’s Gyro Boys captured the Kleinschmidt Windstorm High School Challenge, while Bangor High School’s Team 5 took second and Machias High School’s Team Yellow earned third.

In the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge Middle School Division, the Caribou Middle School Wave Runners were tops, Brewer Community School’s Dream Team took second and Caribou Middle School’s Northern Breeze placed third.

Orono High School Team 1 won the 10th Annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge. Bangor High School Team 1 placed second and Orono High School Team 5 took third.

Members of the winning high school teams are offered internship opportunities at the UMaine Composites Center, valued more than $20,000, contingent upon enrollment at UMaine.

In the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge, teams of middle and high school students collaborated to design and construct a scale-model floating wind turbine platform, then tested the design under wind and wave conditions, and delivered a sales pitch-style presentation to a panel of judges.

The 10th Annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge is a program of the Maine Composites Alliance and the Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative.This challenge connected teams of middle- and high-school students with composites companies to construct and infuse a functional set of wind blades.

Each Wind Blade Challenge team’s goal was to manufacture an assembly that would generate the most energy in 3 minutes or fewer. Each team also gave a presentation on its design and innovation processes.