The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), in partnership with KidWind, Jennette’s Pier and Appalachian State University, is gearing up to host the North Carolina Renewable Energy Challenge—a team engineering challenge and qualifying event for the national KidWind competition. The event will take place on April 6, 2019, at the Coastal Studies Institute on the East Carolina University Outer Banks Campus in Wanchese. Teams of 1-10 students in grades 4-12 are eligible to compete in one or more of the categories wind, solar, and ocean current energy. Registration for the NC Renewable Energy Challenge is now open!
The KidWind Competition, a predecessor to and component of this year’s NC Renewable Energy 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. Teams in this year’s Renewable Energy Competition at CSI will showcase and test their handcrafted solar, wind, or ocean current energy harvesting devices, and present their design process to a panel of judges. Teams will also learn about advancements in various fields of renewable energy, including the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy research program led by CSI. In addition to the Renewable Energy Challenge itself, student teams will participate in “instant challenges” that include designing devices that create energy from flowing water, construction of a sailboat, and building a tower tall and strong enough to hold up a miniature turbine.