The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on wind turbine design competition that engages middle and high school students in STEM through the lens of wind energy. Student teams bring small-scale wind turbines that they've designed to the challenge where they will be tested in a wind tunnel. Teams will meet with a panel of expert judges to present their design process and demonstrate their contextual knowledge of wind energy and tackle instant challenge activities.
We are thrilled to announce that the 2022 WI KidWind Challenge will take place on Saturday, February 26th at the Discovery Building at the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus.
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, Scout troops, etc. As long as you have a coach and a team, you can attend! Teams of 2-6 students seem to work best.
Each team must have an coach. The coach will be responsible for registering the team for the competition and managing the team’s progress. Neither KidWind nor the Wisconsin Energy Institute will provide or be responsible for supervision of students at a Challenge. We require teams to make sure that there be one adult for every ten students who attend a Challenge.
The Challenge is free to compete in and attend.
WHAT WILL THE CHALLENGE CONSIST OF?
At the Challenge, student teams will:
- Test their energy output in a competition-grade 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 and competing in the collegiate wind competition
- Explore green careers
The top performing teams/students from each division (Middle School, High School, Open Generator) will be invited to participate in the 2022 National KidWind Challenge to be held in San Antonio, Texas the third week of May.
Friends and family are welcome to come support their teams (and may get a chance to try their skill at turbine design too!)
Ready to get started?
REGISTER FOR THE 2022 WI KIDWIND CHALLENGE HERE!
Registration will close on January 14th, 2022. From now until then you may make and edit your registration submissions.
For detailed information on preparing for a challenge, download the 2021-22 WI KidWind Challenge Rulebook. In the rulebook you'll see example scoring rubrics.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Questions or comments? Want to know more? Contact us at email@example.com!
Join WI KidWind Challenge Coordinators and other coaches at our upcoming drop-in coaches happy hours (Nov 18th and January 13th). Register for the happy hours here.