Spring 2020

2020 KidWind Challenge

The Wisconsin Energy Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the third annual KidWind Challenge regional competition on Saturday, March 7, 2020. The free event brings together 22 middle and high school student teams from across Wisconsin to compete in a wind turbine design, build and performance challenge. Teams compete for a chance to advance to the national competition this summer in Denver.

In addition to testing their wind turbines in a specially designed wind tunnel, teams must present their design process in front of a panel of expert judges to validate their knowledge of wind power and wind turbines. Teams also compete in an "instant challenge" designed to test their on-the-spot technical skills. The event includes a series of "Tech Talks" by industry representatives including wind power technicians, UW-Madison student engineers and wind farm project managers.

One of the attendees from last year's competition commented that she was "totally blown away with the level of knowledge and sophistication the students bring to the competition." The MGE Foundation is proud to support the third annual Wisconsin KidWind Challenge.

For more information, visit go.wisc.edu/kidwind. KidWind is a national organization focused on helping educators and students explore renewable energy through teacher training, curricula and learning materials. Visit kidwind.org for more information.

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