AP advances wind turbine challenges

The Associated Press reported more than 250 middle and high school students are expected to participate in two science competitions involving wind at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center on May 19. For the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge, high school students will design and build a scale-model floating wind turbine platform and deliver a sales pitch to a panel of judges, the AP reported. The Maine Wind Blade Challenge will connect students with composites companies to construct a functional set of wind blades. The teams will try to manufacture wind blades that generate the most energy in three minutes or less, the report states. Maine Public, U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Times carried the AP report.