KidWind hosted the National KidWind Challenge at the 2016 AWEA WINDPOWER 2016 Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans this week. A total of 49 teams of students competed for the chance to win the grand prize of $1,500 cash and Vernier Software & Technology lab equipment for their school, second place prizes of $750 in cash and equipment and third place prizes of $400 in cash and equipment. The 2016 National KidWind Challenge Champions are:
High School Division:
o First Place - It’s Electrifying from Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, WA
o Second Place - Catch My Drift from Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, WA
o Third Place - 404 Name not Found from The Hutchins School in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Middle School Division:
o First Place - Team Alpha Eagle from Minnetonka Middle School West in Chanhassen, MN
o Second Place - High Voltage from Jack Jouett Middle School in Charlottesville, VA
o Third Place - The Turbinators from Broadalbin-Perth Middle School in Amsterdam, NY
The teams competed by building handcrafted wind turbines, testing the energy output of their turbines, presenting their design to judges and performing several “Instant Challenges” – short, problem-solving engineering tasks that are unknown to each team prior to the National Challenge.
For more information about the KidWind Challenge, visit: kidwindchallenge.org.