NC Renewable Energy Challenge 2020

NC Renewable Energy Challenge – March 21, 2020

On Saturday, March 21, 2020, the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), in partnership with KidWind, Jennette’s Pier and Appalachian State University, will host the 2nd Annual North Carolina Renewable Energy Challenge at the CSI campus site in Wanchese, North Carolina.  This year’s event will include wind turbine, solar and ocean energy competitions.  This year we are expanding the age divisions to include graduate, undergraduate, high school, and middle and elementary school students.  The goal of the competition is to increase engineering solutions for the alternative energies available in North Carolina.

Part of the NC Renewable Energy Challenge includes the regional KidWind Challenge event (wind turbine construction).  KidWind 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. During the event, teams from eastern North Carolina will showcase and test their handcrafted wind turbines, and present their design process to a panel of judges. Teams will learn about advancements in other fields of renewable energy, including the North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy research program run by the Coastal Studies Institute.

“The NC Renewable Energy 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 this promote 21st-century skills that better prepare our students for the growing renewable energy industry.”

In addition to the engineering challenges, student teams will participate in “instant” challenges which will require the team to problem solve and compete in challenges that will test their critical thinking.

There are updated rules for the 2020.  Stay tuned! Wind and solar challenges click here 2020 KidWind Challenge Manual, 2020 KIDWIND Rulebook and click here for 2020 Ocean Energy Manual.  For more information about the KidWind Challenge, visit  This year’s national KIDWIND competition (top 2 winning teams in middle and high school divisions will qualify) will take place in Denver, CO from June 2-4, 2020.


Ocean Energy Information

  1. North Carolina Renewable Ocean Energy Project – Learn about the work being done in North Carolina to harness energy from ocean waves and currents.
  2. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Ocean Current Energy
  3. BOEM Technology White Paper –
  4. Ocean Energy Lesson Plan focused on Faraday’s Law: