Thornton Academy seniors David Parran and Kent Seneres won third place out of nearly 40 teams in the Wind Blade Challenge at the statewide engineering competition held May 2, at the University of Maine.
Developed by Maine Composites Alliance, in partnership with the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative, the contest matches high school teams with Maine-based advanced composites manufacturers to research, design, and manufacture model wind blades.
In addition to giving presentations, high school teams from all around Maine competed to generate the most energy over two minutes. The Maine Wind Blade Challenge was designed to inspire student exploration of alternative energy and advanced materials by participating in a hands-on STEM application. This was the sixth annual competition.