2023 Wisconsin KidWind Challenge - Saturday, March 4, 2023

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 2023 WI KidWind Challenge will take place on Saturday, March 4th 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 a 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. 


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 2023 National KidWind Challenge held in New Orleans, LA in late 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?

Registration will open fall 2022

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.

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.

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



Molly Carlson, a Science Teacher at Mauston High School, shares her experience at the 2020 Wisconsin KidWind Challenge.
Discovery Building at UW–Madison
330 N Orchard St.
Madison, WI 53715