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KidWind Challenge

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Alaska’s KidWind Challenge is Made Possible in Part Through a Donation From Shell and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The KidWind Challenge is a student-oriented wind turbine design contest. Students learn about wind energy through designing and constructing their own wind turbines.  The goal is to create a wind turbine that is efficient, creative and highly functional. While designing and constructing the wind turbines, students also perform research to better understand the science of wind, be analytical about testing protocols, think creatively about solutions, and work collaboratively.

Each team's wind tunnel is then evaluated and judged according to three main criteria:

  • Turbine Power Performance
  • Turbine Construction
  • Knowledge of Wind Energy Topics

While turbines are judged and prizes are awarded at the KidWind Challenge, the event, at its core, is about learning. We want to immerse students in the science of how a wind turbine works through the process of design and redesign. Ultimately, the KidWind Challenge engages students in an open-ended competition to build small-scale wind turbines that demonstrate knowledge about the promise and limits of a wind-powered future.

To learn more about the National KidWind Challenge, please visit www.kidwind.org. For more information on the Alaska KidWind Challenge, please visit the Teacher Resource Page.

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Photo: KidWind Challenge student turbine demonstration at Rural Energy Conference.  Courtesy of ACEP.

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Photo: "Wind Gang" is the 2013 KidWind Challenge Winning Team from Mt. Edgecumbe High School.  Courtesy of ACEP.