Written by Joshua Plourde Saturday, 28 April 2012 12:50
Orono, MAINE – What do you get when you combine wind, water, loads of fun, and over 425 middle and high school students and teachers? You get the Windstorm and Wind Blade Challenges on Friday, April 27th at the University of Maine’s New Balance Student Recreation Center.
UMaine, the Maine Wind Industry Initiative, and the Maine Composites Alliance welcomed participating middle and high school students from over forty Maine schools for the daylong events. Winners of both competitions received $20,000 paid internships with UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.
All members of first place teams from Windstorm Challenge were awarded paid internships in two categories: Stability and Overall Score. “Team MMA,” from Madison Area Memorial High School took overall first place, and “The Wok,” from Winthrop High School took stability first place.
Winners from the competitions are as follows:
Overall 1st Place – “Team MMA,” Madison Area Memorial High School
Overall 2nd Place – “Ben Danh Joe Alex,” Madison Area Memorial High School
Overall 3rd Place – “Seahawks,” Boothbay Region High School
Overall 4th Place – “Oober and the Goober,” Middle School of the Kennebunks
Overall 5th Place – “The Wok,” Winthrop High School
Stability 1st Place – “The Wok,” Winthrop High School
Tied for Stability 2nd Place – “Team MMA,” Madison Area Memorial High School & W.I.B. Seal Team 3,” Old Town High School
Stability 3rd Place – “Lyndsay Marcus Hannah Cody,” Madison Area Memorial High School
Stability 5th Place – “Seahawk,” Boothbay Region High School.
Wind Blade Challenge:
1st Place – Easton High School
2nd Place – Presque Isle High School Team #3
3rd Place – Mt. Blue High School
People’s Choice Award – Orono High School
Wind Blade Challenge Teacher of the Year – John McDonald of Foster Technology Center
Wind Blade Challenge Composite Partner of the Year – The Boat School of Eastport
For high school students who want more, the Advanced Structures and Composites Center will host its Windstorm Challenge Summer Camp this July. Details will be released at the event and on WindstormChallenge.com