King Middle School visits UMaine

Over 80 students from King Middle School of Portland visited the University of Maine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center on Wednesday, November 30th.

Students participated in a full day of hands-on innovation, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (iSTEM) activities, encouraging students to take a closer look future career opportunities based in iSTEM.

Middle school students in Offshore Wind Laboratory


Partway through the day, the students were joined by a surprise guest: Luke Shorty, Executive Director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. Luke has been a member of the DeepCwind Consortium Windstorm Challenge team and attended the scale-model testing at MARIN in the Netherlands last spring. 

Luke Shorty

Below are activities students participated in throughout the day:

Offshore Wind Laboratory Tour – Get a personal tour of the brand new, 87,000 square foot laboratory with capabilities unlike any other facility in the world. Student researchers and staff members design, manufacture, and test large high-performance composite structures (like wind blades, towers, airplane wings, ship hulls, and tidal energy turbines) all under one roof. 

Creating A Business That Pops – Use your best innovation engineering skills (and develop some new ones) by creating a brand new type of popcorn that no one has ever tried. This activity is hosted by the University of Maine's Foster Center for Student Innovation.

Inventing an Floating Offshore Wind Platform – Warm up for Windstorm Challenge in April 2012! Researchers at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center are developing floating wind turbines to be deployed far off the coast of Maine. Students get to try their hand at inventing their own designs by building a scale-model floating offshore wind platform. Students then test their platforms in a wind-wave tank.