Willow Bend Environmental Education Center would like to invite educators and your students to participate in the KidWind and Solar Structure Challenges. It's FREE with lots of support from us! Plus your students can win fun prizes.
Annually, we host the KidWind Challenge, and this year, we are also adding a Solar Structure Challenge! The KidWind and Solar Structure Challenges are 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.
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.
What is the Solar Structure Challenge?
The Solar Structure Challenge allows students to explore the power of solar by building and their own object that is powered by the sun! Your team needs to build a solar powered thing; it can be a house, a ferris wheel, a phone charging tree, a machine, a car –it is up to your team! Your solar device will be evaluated on your thoughtful, creative, and resourceful design, the innovation and complexity of your circuitry, your reflections on the construction process and what you may have learned about solar power.
Who Can Participate?
Any group of students in 4th-12th grade is eligible to enter a team in the Arizona KidWind or Solar Structure Challenges. 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. A teacher/group leader can mentor multiple teams (for example, if you have a whole class or club participating).
How will teams compete?
Usually, teams would gather at a regional event to compete with all other teams in the state. This year (due to COVID-19 limitations), our team will visit YOUR school to see your projects and collect data. You can also opt out of the school visit and independently submit your team's projects to KidWind's monthly Online Wind Challenge or Online Solar Challenge.
What is the timeframe of the challenges?
Testing and judging of projects will happen in the spring, but you can do a renewable energy unit at any time during the school year to complete your projects.
How to Get Started:
KidWind Project Teacher Trainings
Are you an Arizona educator thinking about doing the AZ KidWind or Solar Structure Challenge with your classroom or club, but don't know where to start? KidWind Project has upcoming (virtual) Teacher Trainings. We often have scholarships available for these trainings.
Check out the KidWind Challenge Rulebook or e-mail email@example.com with any questions.
Thank you to our partners, that make the KidWind and Solar Structure Challenges possible.