(Anaheim, CA) May 9, 2017 – KidWind, the international leader of wind energy education, is hosting the National KidWind Challenge on Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Approximately 5,000 students in grades 4-12 participated in local and regional KidWind Challenge events around the country to qualify for the national challenge, which is held in partnership with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2017 Conference & Exhibition. The team to win the national challenge in both the middle and high school divisions will win a grand prize of $1,000 cash. The teams placing 2nd and 3rd will win $500 cash and $250 cash respectively.
“Seeing how creative these students get with their designs and problem-solving is just one of the reasons why we started the KidWind Challenge,” said Michael Arquin, Founder of KidWind. “It also allows us to teach students about, and generate interest in, this extremely important alternative energy source – all while having fun.”
The National KidWind Challenge was made possible through the leadership and generous contributions from AWEA, GE, Vernier Software & Technology, and the title sponsor, Pattern Energy. The KidWind Challenge Events and other local supporting events were sponsored by Alliant Energy, Appalachian Energy Center, Avangrid Renewables, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, Dominion, EDP Renewables, ENEL Green Power North America, Google, National Society for Black Engineers,and Southern Power.
During the National KidWind Challenge, teams will showcase their knowledge of wind power by presenting their hand-crafted wind turbine design to a panel of wind energy industry experts and testing their energy output in the KidWind Wind Tunnel. The teams from both the middle school and high school divisions with the highest energy output, the most innovative design, and the greatest demonstrated knowledge of wind power will be named the 2017 National KidWind Challenge Champions.
The KidWind Challenge is a nationwide initiative to help students learn about renewable energy and hone their engineering skills through the spirit of competition. During the 2016-17 season, the KidWind Challenge traveled to 26 locations and actively engaged with approximately 5,000 students in grades 4-12. Since the first event in 2009, the KidWind Challenge has hosted more than 11,000 students at 123 events across 19 states.
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 Anaheim, CA, May 22-25, 2017. 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.