2022 Virginia & North Carolina KidWind Challenge
April 8, 2022
Join us as we kick off a new partnership between the Virginia KidWind Challenge planning team and the Center for Energy Education in North Carolina. The KidWind Challenge is a hands-on design celebration that engages students through the lens of wind and solar energy. Student teams design, construct and test small scale wind turbines and solar structures at events all over the world.
READY TO GO?
Think you want to give the KidWind Challenge a shot? Here are the major steps!
1. Form a team
A team may consist of between 1–10 students. In our experience, the ideal size is 2–3 students. Anyone between 4th–12th grade can compete in the KidWind Challenge. There are two age divisions: 4th–8th grade and 9th–12th grade.
2. Register for the Event
Register your team and start getting ready. (Register by Apr 1, 2022)
3. Find a coach
Each team needs an adult coach. A coach can be anyone, from a classroom teacher to an enthusiastic parent. You don’t need to be a professional wind energy expert to be a good coach.
Coaches help teams gather the materials they need to build their wind turbine and make sure that students have the space and guidance they need to safely build and test their masterpiece.
KidWind offers Coach Workshops both in person and virtually during Fall of 2021. Please check KidWind’s website for updates. In the Spring of 2022, KidWind will offer a weekly Coach Zoom Call where coaches can ask questions about event logistics and team preparations.
4. Learn the rules
The KidWind Challenge rules document are our most thorough description of the guidelines for the KidWind Challenge Events. These documents are very detailed, so please read them carefully! If you’ve got lingering questions after perusing, don’t hesitate to ask us.
5. Learn about Wind & Solar Power
Over a period of a few weeks or months, you will design and construct wind turbines and/or solar structures! To accomplish this task, and arrive prepared at a Challenge, students must perform research to better understand the science of renewable energy, be analytical about testing protocols, think creatively about solutions to problems, and work collaboratively to complete their project on time.
The more organized and knowledgeable your team is, the better you will perform at the KidWind Challenge. Read up on renewable energy, reach out to professionals, watch videos, ask questions.
6. Gear Up
You can use all sorts of stuff you find around your house or classroom to build a solar structure or wind turbine. We know where to find the hard or specialized parts that make the process a little easier.
7. Build & Test
The best turbines and solar structures are the one your team spends hours tweaking and testing. There is a lot you can learn just by putting things together and testing it out.
8. Show Up
Make sure you know where you are going and what to expect when you get there!
We like to think of KidWind Challenges as a celebration of renewable energy knowledge! Come ready to learn, share and explore renewable energy.