KidWind Challenge

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2019 Kansas KidWind Challenge
Region Date Location Register Event-specific *
Southwest 2/7/19 (Thu) Dodge City (Village Square Mall) Register Details
Northeast 2/14/19 (Thu) Manhattan (Unger Complex) Register Details
Southeast 3/1/19 (Fri) Burlington (Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant) Register Details
Northwest 3/7/19 (Thu) Oakley (NW Kansas Educational Service Center) Register Details
Statewide 3/30/19 (Sat) Topeka (Kansas Museum of History) By invitation Details

* event-specific details coming soon; NOTE: if at least two schools (with five total teams) aren't registered for a regional Challenge at least two weeks ahead of the event, the Challenge may be cancelled. In this case, a school may choose to switch to a different regional event. 


Resources (including curriculum) related to wind energy (let us know if you have other resources to share!)

  • WindWise curriculum available (at no cost) through the national KidWind Project (topics: energy, wind, turbines, wildlife, siting)
  • NEED (National Energy Education Development) energy curriculum broken into four age ranges (Energy Infobooks and companion activities)
  • NEED (National Energy Education Development) energy curriculum in Spanish
  • KidWind turbine generators can be purchased online (or you can contact us - we will provide one per team)
  • KidWind basic wind turbine experiment kits can be purchased online (these can be used, but don't need to be - points are awarded for creativity)

The KidWind Challenge, which officially kicked off in 2009, is an annual event which allows students to explore the power of wind by building and testing their own wind turbines and then competing against other middle- and high-school teams. The Kansas Energy program began hosting this event in Kansas in 2018. For more information about the rules, visit https://www.kidwindchallenge.org/p/16-rules-judging.

New for 2019, Kansas will host regional KidWind Challenges throughout the state! This will lower the barrier for schools from the far corners of the state to participate. Winners from each of the regional challenges will then compete at the statewide competition to determine which teams will be invited to the national KidWind Challenge. The national KidWind Challenge will take place in Houston, TX during the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) conference on May 20-23, 2019. 


We are currently seeking volunteers to assist in each of the KidWind Challenges. If you are interested, or have a recommendation, please contact us by email or at 785.532.3351.


Additional details/FAQ that are not found at the national www.kindwindchallenge.org website:

  • You can choose the regional event which makes the most sense for your team(s). 
  • Each regional competition will be limited to 16 teams. If we receive more than 16 team registrations, we will contact schools and ask them to reduce the number of teams they are bringing (for example, a school may need to host an internal competition and only bring the top three teams).
  • The top two teams in each division (4th-8th and 9th-12th) will be invited to attend the statewide KidWind Challenge. The top two teams in each division at the statewide challenge will be invited to attend the national event. 
Event sponsors and partners
 

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  Wolf Creek Young Generation in Nuclear Logo

Past Kansas KidWind events