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High School Students Test Offshore Wind Platforms 

Wind power is at the core of a new competition coming to high schools throughout Maine.The “Windstorm Challenge” has students designing and making floating wind turbines.Meghan Hayward has the story.Some high school students have spent part of their summer inside the world of engineering.”This week, we designed, built and tested offshore wind platforms that will be used in a competition that will be designed for next spring.”The work these students have done is similar to that of real engineers.”As you know, these students are this next generation. One of the major challenges they’ll be facing is the potentially rapidly rising cost of fossil fuels, global climate change. So understanding renewable energy, being part of the renewable energy revolution is what we’re trying to teach them.”But it wasn’t just the students learning.”We’re getting a small taste of what it takes to design these units. So having the students here was not only a great learning experience for them but for us as well.”The students say they were faced with some challenges.”Getting to know the whole procedure. There was a lot of adjustments that had to be made and at a lot of points it was frustrating but overall it was a great experience and I had a lot of fun.””We went back to the lab and we made some changes and it did really well after that.”Since this test-run went so well, organizers say they’ll definitely be taking it to the next step.”Was very successful so starting in September, we’ll be providing this information to high schools throughout the state of Maine.”