2021 Virtual Wisconsin KidWind Challenge, Saturday, March 6th, 2021

KidWind activities At the Wisconsin KidWind Challenge, students demonstrate a wide range of skills. Chelsea Mamott

We’re excited to offer a virtual Wisconsin KidWind Challenge for the 2020-2021 school year. While continuing to offer what makes the WI KidWind Challenge event so special, we aim to make this year's Challenge as accessible as possible as we transition to an online format due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virtual Challenge will take place on Saturday, March 6th, 2021.

Who can participate?

Any group of students in grades 4 to 12 is eligible to enter a team. This includes students from public and private schools, home schoolers, after school clubs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, etc. As long as you have a coach and a team, you can attend!

Need gear?

Limited Renewable Energy Education Kits are available for Wisconsin Teachers who'd like to bring a team of students to the Challenge, but don't have the means to purchase gear. Please contact outreach@energy.wisc.edu for more information.


What will the virtual challenge consist of?

  • An Online Portal for submitting Power Output
  • A live Turbine Design Presentation over Zoom
  • A new fully computer-based simulation division for schools unable to put together a physical turbine due to COVID-19. Simulation launches Feb 1st!
  • Opportunities to meet with UW–Madison students competing in the collegiate wind competition
  • Renewable Energy Career Exploration
  • Live Awards Ceremony

The top two performing teams/students from each division (Middle School, High School, Open Generator, and Simulation Division) will be invited to participate in the Virtual 2021 National KidWind Challenge to be held the first week of June.


Ready to get started?

Register your teams today! Registration is open through February 5th.

For detailed information on preparing for a challenge, download the 2020-21 KidWind Challenge Rulebook.


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Questions or comments? Want to know more? Contact us at outreach@energy.wisc.edu!