2024 Wisconsin KidWind Challenge - Saturday, March 2

The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on wind turbine design competition that engages 4-12th grade students in STEM. Student teams bring small-scale wind turbines that they've designed to the Challenge where they will be tested in a wind tunnel. Teams 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. 

What happens at the Wisconsin KidWind Challenge?

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 careers in clean energy

Friends, family, and spectators are welcome and encouraged to come support competiting teams.

Who can participate in the Challenge?

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 event. 

The Challenge is free to compete in and attend. 

Top performers will be invited to the 2024 National KidWind Challenge.

Ready to get started?

Registration will open fall 2023.

Click here for a pdf preview of the Registration Form.

For detailed information on preparing for a Challenge, download the 2022-23 WI KidWind Challenge Rulebook. 

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!

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