AZ KidWind Challenge 2021

What is the KidWind Challenge?

The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on design competition that engages students in STEM through the lens of wind energy. Student teams design and construct small wind turbines that they test, and then virtually present their design process and demonstrate their conceptual knowledge on renewable energy.

The KidWind Challenge is a team effort by teachers, students, engineers, and practitioners, all working to make wind energy education and other renewable energy education accessible in classrooms around the world

Who Can Participate?

Any group of students in 4th-12th grade is eligible to enter a Team in the Arizona KidWind Challenge. Teams can include students from public and private schools, home schoolers, after school clubs, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, etc. As long as you have an adult coach, you can participate! Each Team can have 2-5 students, and the Team must have an adult mentor. The mentor will be responsible for registering the team for the competition and managing the team’s progress.

How to Participate

☐ Find a mentor and form a team
☐  Register your team here to have a turbine-building gear kit mailed to you
☐ Send your mentor to a virtual workshop! (Optional, but very helpful!)
☐ Explore student turbines on the Online Challenge
☐ Learn about the basic parts of a wind turbine
☐ Build a turbine with your mailed gear!
☐ Test and improve your turbine, over and over
Collect some data about your turbine 
☐ Submit your project to our Arizona Online Challenge
☐ You did it, congratulations!

Submission Timeline
You can submit your project to our database anytime from January 1st-May 1st, 2021. All submissions will get an award letter and will be entered to win prizes like gift cards, t-shirts, and other fun items!

What’s in the turbine building kit?

  • A PVC Tower
  • Alligator Clips
  • Multimeter
  • Wooden Dowels
  • Hub
  • Generator with wires

Questions?

We are here to help, every step of the way! Check out the KidWind Challenge Rulebook or e-mail melissa@willowbendcenter.org with any questions.