Renewable Energy Challenge A Successful Event

Senator Arnie Roblan congratulates the winner of the Wave Energy division
Senator Arnie Roblan captivates a group of young competitors with his stories about when he was a principal on the Oregon Coast at the Renewable Energy Challenge

Senator Arnie Roblan captivates a group of young competitors with his stories about when he was a principal on the Oregon coast

The third annual Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge was held at Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport on April 19, 2016.  This year’s competition was twice as large as last year, involving nearly 200 students and 59 wind, solar, or wave energy devices.  The energetic teams of students from Waldport, Toledo, Tillamook, Seaside and Warrenton competed to see how much energy or speed their model devices could produce, and each team was interviewed by volunteer engineering judges.

We could not have done this without the help of volunteers and teachers from the Oregon Coast STEM Hub.  Nine teachers from all over the coast brought their students to the competition this year. The Oregon Coast STEM Hub would like to extend thanks to the 14 engineering judges who reviewed the team presentations, the event volunteers and partners who helped staff the model testing stations, and Amanda Gladics for giving a presentation to the students in the auditorium.

We further appreciate Senator Arnie Roblan, who took time to attend the competition and engage with the teams.  The students benefitted tremendously by talking with the judges and with each other about their projects, and sharing their model devices with the community. Events like this help them and their teachers get excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

 Senator Arnie Roblan congratulates the winner of the Wave Energy division for the Renewable Energy Challenge

Senator Arnie Roblan congratulates the winner of the Wave Energy division

Photos from the day are on the Oregon Coast STEM Hub Facebook page.  If you “do Facebook”, please like, follow and share our page with your colleagues and friends to help our Oregon Coast STEM Hub network stay connected and engaged.  Read more about the Challenge on the Oregon Coast STEM Hub blog, and visit the Oregon Coast STEM Hub website to find out about more student STEM opportunities and ways for community members to get involved.

 Here are the 2016 Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge winners.

Wave Energy    1st place                                Seaside High School

Solar Car            1st, 2nd, 3rd place               Seaside High School

Solar Boat         1st, 2nd, 3rd place                Seaside High School

Solar Other       1st place                                Warrenton High School

Wind Energy
3rd – 6th grade    1st place                                Crestview Heights, Waldport

                               2nd place                               Toledo Elementary School

                               3rd place                                Crestview Heights, Waldport

8th – 12th grade  1st place                                 Toledo Jr/Sr High School

                               2nd place                               Toledo Jr/Sr High School

                               3rd place                                Tillamook TAG

The 2016 Oregon Coast Renewable Energy Challenge was supported by the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, Georgia-Pacific Foundation, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University, the Oregon Coast STEM Hub and Bonneville Environmental Foundation.