(New Orleans, LA) May 25, 2016 – To inspire students in grades 4-12 to explore their passion for renewable energy and engineering, KidWind, the international leader of clean energy education, 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:
oFirst Place - It’s Electrifying from Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, WA
oSecond Place - Catch My Drift from Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, WA
oThird Place - 404 Name not Found from The Hutchins School in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
·Middle School Division:
oFirst Place - Team Alpha Eagle from Minnetonka Middle School West in Chanhassen, MN
oSecond Place - High Voltage from Jack Jouett Middle School in Charlottesville, VA
oThird 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.
“We want students to strive for their best in the spirit of competition, but our true goal is to foster interest in renewable energy and to have students consider this area of science for a career,” said Michael Arquin, Founder of KidWind. “Renewable energy is a growing industry and will be a huge part of our future. We hope these students will have a role in that.”
The National KidWind Challenge was made possible through the leadership and generous contributions from GE Renewable Energy and AWEA. Other Regional KidWind Challenges and other local supporting events were sponsored by Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Dominion, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Siemens and Vernier Software & Technology.
For more information about the KidWind Challenge, visit: kidwindchallenge.org.
AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry, with over 800 member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, which takes place next in New Orleans, May 23-26, 2016. AWEA is the voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a cleaner, stronger America. Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA website. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA's blog Into the Wind. Join AWEA on Facebook. Follow AWEA on Twitter.
About the KidWind Challenge
The KidWind Challenge is the ultimate wind energy learning experience. Students discover the promise and limitations of wind energy technology while designing, building, and testing a functional wind turbine and competing with their peers in a supportive environment. The KidWind Challenge was developed in 2009 by the KidWind Project, an international leader in wind energy education, and has been embraced and supported by leading energy industry companies since its start. For information on how to get involved, go to kidwindchallenge.org.