Wisconsin KidWind Challenge

2019 KidWind participants Students participate in the 2019 KidWind Challenge at the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Kevin Chukel
Learn more about the event and see what the 2020 Wisconsin KidWind Challenge looked like.

KidWind is a hands-on design celebration that engages students through the lens of wind and solar energy. Student teams design and build small-scale wind turbines and solar structures at home or school and bring them to events all over the world to measure power output and present in front of expert judges. The Wisconsin KidWind Challenge is open to 4-12th grade students and educators across the state and feeds into the National KidWind Competition. 

Get Involved:

Save the date and put a team together to participate in the 2023 Wisconsin KidWind Challenge on March 4th, 2023 at the Discovery Building at the University of Wisconsin Madison. 

At the Challenge, student teams will:

  • test their energy output in a wind tunnel
  • present in front of a panel of expert judges
  • complete instant challenges that test teamwork and hands-on thinking
  • hear from college students studying renewable energy
  • learn about green careers 

Learn More and Register Today

Learn More!

Educator Workshops take place throughout the fall for teachers and other adults interested in becoming coaches or bringing KidWind to their community. See the full schedule and learn more here

Coaches' Happy Hours: Interested in or preparing for the next KidWind Challenge? Join us for a casual drop in hour to chat with other coaches, share ideas, and ask questions. KidWind advisors and organizers will be on hand to answer all your questions - from engineering and design tips and tricks, to FAQ about the registration process and what to expect on Challenge Day. Come for the whole hour or just a portion! Having a team is not a prerequisite. All are welcome to come and inquire about Wisconsin KidWind. 

Thanks for putting on a GREAT competition! Our kids were very excited the whole ride home and continue to be today. They already have been coming up to me the last two days asking to get back in the lab to try new stuff.

2020 Coach

Why participate in the KidWind challenge?

Molly Carlson, a Science Teacher at Mauston High School, shares her experience at the 2020 Wisconsin KidWind Challenge.

It is a HUGE deal for our students to even think of getting to compete in Madison. We had a parent with every single student. Some grandparents came from other states to show their support! Thank you!

2020 Coach

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