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Congratulations to the 2023 Kansas KidWind National winners!

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Congratulations to the 2023 Kansas KidWind State winners!

KidWind 2023 State Winners

 

About KidWind

The KidWind Challenge is a fun way for students to explore the power of wind by building and testing wind turbines and then competing in a supportive environment. However, KidWind isn’t just about wind energy. It’s also about STEM and all the life skills that derive from the practical application of STEM in our lives – problem solving, teamwork, and scientific measurement, to name a few.

The KidWind Challenge takes place each spring and is open to students in grades 4-12. Teams comprised of 3-5 students and an adult coach build a turbine before attending a regional KidWind Challenge event where they compete against other teams. Teams are judged on a number of factors, including turbine speed, design, and knowledge of wind dynamics. The regional winners advance to the KidWind state competition where the top teams are selected to represent Kansas at the National KidWind Challenge. Teams can come from public schools, private schools, home schools, after-school clubs, etc. Check out the video below to learn more.

Costs and Equipment

The KidWind Challenge has no registration fee. The only costs are for supplies to build a turbine. A KidWind Generator from Vernier ($7.00) is required and can be purchased online or you can call the Kansas Energy Program (KEP). They will supply one per team.

To help your team prepare for competition, KEP will loan out wind tunnels upon request for teams to test and experiment with their turbines. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to borrow a wind tunnel. Not sure how to setup or takedown the tunnel? Here are some videos to help. 

 

2024 KidWind Events Schedule

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KidWind informational webinar will be held on November 29, 2023 beginning at 4 p.m. Click here to register.
If you cannot attend, a link to a recording of the webinar will be sent to you.

Region Date Location Registration
Southcentral Tuesday, February 13, 2024 Hutchinson Register Now
Northcentral Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Manhattan Register Now
Southeast Friday, February 23, 2024 Burlington Register Now
Southwest Tuesday, February 27, 2024 Dodge City Register Now
Northwest Thursday, February 29, 2024 Colby Register Now 
Northeast Thursday, March 7, 2024 Overland Park Register Now 
State Finals Saturday, April 13, 2024 Salina By invitation.
Nationals May 5-8, 2024 Minneapolis, MN By invitation.

 

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