Baugh Competition inspires future STEM students at OC Feb. 9 Annual wind energy design competition brings junior high and high school students to OC to compete for cash prizes

Feb 02, 2019

Thousands of dollars are being awarded to middle and high school students in a competition of knowledge and application of wind engineering, thanks to a generous OC donor. Feb. 9 marks the third annual Baugh Wind Energy Design Competition. Middle and high school students from different Oklahoma schools put their STEM skills to the test as they design a wind turbine to be tested for durability and efficiency in OC’s very own wind tunnels. The competition also includes a detailed lab report and an oral presentation by the students. This will all take place in the Prince Engineering Center and is a great opportunity to introduce prospective students to OC’s engineering facilities.

Dr. Benton F. Baugh, founder of this competition, has donated millions of dollars to OC’s engineering and Bible departments. He funds the Baugh Wind Energy Competition so that there is no cost to either the participants or OC.

The first-place winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize awarded to their school with second place receiving $750 and third place receiving $500. The judges of the competition are also looking for designs of great ingenuity to award $1,000 for creativity in problem-solving.

Wayne Whaley, professor and chairman of the college of engineering, will preside over the competition for his second consecutive year to continue inspiring young students to use STEM strategies to solve problems.

“Dr. Baugh has made a donation that makes it possible to conduct this competition for students,” said Whaley. “There is no registration fee and they have the opportunity to win prize money for their STEM organization.”

To learn more, visit www.oc.edu/Baugh.