On Saturday, February 3, 2018, the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), in partnership with KidWind, Jennette’s Pier and Appalachian State University, hosted the 2nd Annual North Carolina KidWind Challenge at the CSI campus site in Wanchese, NorthCarolina. During the event, teams from eastern North Carolina showcased and tested the performance of their handcrafted wind turbines, and presented their design process to a panel of judges. Teams also learned about advancements in other fields of renewable energy, including the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy research program run by the Coastal Studies Institute. In addition to the KidWind challenge event, student teams participated in “instant” challenges that include designing devices that create energy from ocean waves, construction of a sail car, and building a turbine designed to perform work and lift objects.
A panel of judges evaluated each team for their wind turbine’s energy output and design, the documentation of the design process and their knowledge of wind and renewable energy. Currituck High School took top honors in the High School division, with Manteo High School coming in second place in the competition. In the Middle School division, the Waters Edge Village School took home both first and second place. The teams placing 1st and 2nd in both the middle school and high school divisions qualify for the 2018 National KidWind Challenge being held at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER 2018 conference in Chicago, Illinois on May 9 & 10, 2018.
“The KidWind Challenge is a fun way for students to learn about wind power and other renewable energy sources,” said David Sybert, K-12 Education Specialist with the Coastal Studies Institute. “Competitions like the KidWind challenge promote 21st-century skills that better prepare our students for the growing renewable energy industry.”
The KidWind Challenge is a nationwide initiative to help students learn about renewable energy and hone their engineering skills through the spirit of competition. Since the first event in 2009, the KidWind Challenge has hosted more than 11,000 students at 123 events hosted across 19 states.
For more information about the KidWind Challenge, visit kidwindchallenge.org.