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King Students Among Top Winners in Windstorm Challenge

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King Students Among Top Winners in Windstorm Challenge
Posted on 05/23/2016
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A team of King Middle School students recently took second place in a statewide engineering contest involving building a floating wind turbine.

The Windstorm Challenge engineering competition took place May 20 in Orono. Students from high schools and middle schools competed.

That event and also a Wind Blade Challenge were hosted by UMaine's Advanced Structures & Composites Center.

In the Windstorm Challenge, student teams competed to build a stable floating wind turbine. King students came in second, behind Falmouth High School. Caribou Middle School came in third.

Gus Goodwin, King Middle School’s technology education teacher, said King Windsor 8 students “did this project as part of our W3 (Wind Water Waves) Expedition.”

Students in the Windstorm and Wind Blade challenges designed and built the projects over the past few months and demonstrated them at the competition.

WCSH-TV, Channel 6, interviewed King eighth-grader Lucy Kilbreth, who told the station that the competition "gave us an opportunity to sort of be more professional. You know, at King, we get to do a lot of things but I've never done something of this scale before.”

To watch the Channel 6 report, click here.