Winners Announced for Wind Turbine Challenge at UMaine 

Catherine Pegram

Two teams of high school students have been given the chance to work on wind power research at Umaine after winning a statewide competition.The Wind Blade and Windstorm Challenges in Orono last week drew more than 300 students from 30 schools. The students had to design and build their own scale-model turbines for either land or water. It was the third year the University of Maine to host the wind blade challenge, but organizers say it was the first time, possibly in the world, a competition was held for off-shore wind turbines. In the end, a team from Jay High School took first place the land-based turbine. And a team from the Maine School of Science and Mathmatics in Limestone won the water turbine competition. Both teams were awarded an internship worth up to $20,000. The money will be used to help the students studay at the Advance Structures and Composites Center at UMaine.