WABI covers Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge

WABI (Channel 5) reported on the Kleinschmidt Windstorm Challenge held at the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. About 400 middle and high school students from around the state showed off their engineering skills by bringing scale-model offshore wind turbine platforms they built to the competition, WABI reported. All the platforms were equipped with a standardized turbine, and teams were judged on the stability of their design. “The winners at the end get a $20,000 scholarship to come to this lab if they’re accepted at the University of Maine,” said Habib Dagher, executive director of the UMaine Composites Center. “The goal here is to develop the next generation of engineers and scientists that can help the state of Maine and the country develop this next generation of renewable energy opportunity.” Lakes Region High School in Naples and King Middle School in Portland were named the winners, the report states. WGME (Channel 13 in Portland) reported on King Middle School’s preparation for the contest.