Windstorm Challenge, Wind Blade Challenge to Return May 2016

On May 20th, the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center will host two middle- and high-school level STEM competitions on the same day: Windstorm Challenge and the 8th Annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge. More than 250 Maine students will participate.

Are you a company or individual interested in supporting both of these challenges through sponsorship? Please contact UMaine Composites Center Communications Manager, Meghan Collins

Windstorm Challenge engages students in floating offshore wind technology, innovation, and business. The competition will be held in the center’s Alfond W2 Ocean Engineering Laboratory.  The challenge asks teams of high school students work together to design and construct a scale-model floating wind turbine platform, subject the design to testing, and deliver a business plan and sales pitch to a panel of expert judges. The program was previously offered as a statewide competition in 2011 – 2013.

Interested in signing up a team from a Maine school for the Windstorm Challenge? Please contact UMaine Composites Center Communications Manager, Josh Plourde.

The 8th Annual Maine Wind Blade Challenge a program of the Maine Composites Alliance and the Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative. This challenge connects teams of middle and high school students with composites companies to construct and infuse a functional set of wind blades. Each team’s goal is to manufacture an assembly that will generate the most energy in 3 minutes or less. Visit their website for additional information on the Maine Wind Blade Challenge.

Interested in signing up a team from a Maine school for the Maine Wind Blade Challenge? Please visit their website.