Wisconsin KidWind Challenge

2019 KidWind participants Students participate in the 2019 KidWind Challenge at the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Kevin Chukel

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, held the first Saturday in March, supports 4-12th grade students and educators across the state and feeds into the National KidWind Competition. For more information about the 2022 Wisconsin KidWind Challenge, email us here!

Wisconsin KidWind Challenge 2022

Get Involved:

Save the date and put a team together to participate in the 2022 Wisconsin KidWind Challenge on March 5, 2022!

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 

Friends and family are welcome to come support their teams (and may get a chance to try their skill at turbine design too!) The top teams in the Middle and High School Divisions will advance to the National KidWind Challenge to take place in San Antonio, TX.

Educator Workshops will take place throughout the fall 2021 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 2022 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?

Learn more about the event and see what the 2020 Wisconsin KidWind Challenge looked like.
Molly Carlson, a Science Teacher at Mauston High School, shares her experience at the 2020 Wisconsin KidWind Challenge.

Past KidWind Challenges

Read and explore the stories below that recap the previous two KidWind Challenge competitions at the Wisconsin Energy Institute.

Wisconsin KidWind Challenge 2021 

The 2021 Wisconsin KidWind Challenge was held virtually on Saturday, March 6th, 2021. Teams from across the state tested their turbines in wind tunnels at their school, then Zoomed in to meet with Judges. Several teams advanced to Nationals. Read about it here!

2020 KidWind Challenge prepares Wisconsin students for wind energy careers
2020 year marked the third annual Wisconsin KidWind Challenge, which saw a jump to 18 teams from 2019's six, drawing competitors from across Wisconsin — and, for the first time, northern Illinois.

2019 KidWind Challenge gets students, parents, and teachers excited about wind energy
Elementary and middle school students from around the state gathered at WEI for the 2019 KidWind Challenge to construct their own model wind turbines and compete to produce the most energy.

Below are some photo highlights from the 2019 and 2020 KidWind Challenge competitions. Click on an image to see it in a larger format.

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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