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March 19, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Switch Blade Competition is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education effort to engage the next generation in the challenge of making Alabama powered by 100% clean energy. The competition challenges high school and college students to redesign and manufacture the blades of a military wind power system originally designed for the high-speed winds of Afghanistan. The team that produces the most electricity at low speeds, more indicative of Alabama wins!
Date: Saturday March 19, 2016
Location: U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Davidson Center (Proposed)
Friday March 18, 2016
12:00PM – 4:00PM – Registration
Saturday March 19, 2016
8:45AM – 9:15AM – Teams Arrive
9:15AM – 9:55AM – Weight and Size Check
10:00AM – Opening Remarks
10:15AM – 12:00PM – High School Category Blade Testing and College Category Presentations/Exhibits
12:00PM – 3:30PM – College Category Blade Testing
3:30PM – 4:00PM – Awards presented by Bob Baron, former Huntsville meteorologist with WAAY TV and founder of Baron Services
Cost: Free and open to the public
Food: Refreshments provided
High School Category Winner: Scholarship yet to be determined
College Category Winner: Vacation yet to be determined
If you would like to participate in the 2016 Switch Blade Competition, please review the Team Packet with all the competition details you’ll need to be successful!
Teams from four North Alabama schools competed in the first annual Switch Blade Competition. Each team was given a stipend of $500 to develop an updated windmill that would work in the low-power wind conditions available in Alabama. The 2015 teams were as follows:
1. Team UAH
2. Team Hartselle High School
3. Team Columbia High School
4. Team Alabama A&M
Team UAH was the winner of the first annual Switch Blade competition. The UAH Green Wind Power Available at Low Speed, GWPALS, was comprised of students, Sam Cordner, Cameron Blalack, Steven Doyle, Allison Luther, and Benjamin Easterwood. Read more.
Congratulations Team UAH!