NC Renewable Energy Challenge – April 6, 2019
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), in partnership with KidWind, Jennette’s Pier and Appalachian State University, will host the 3rd Annual North Carolina KidWind Challenge at the CSI campus site in Wanchese, North Carolina. This year’s event will include new areas of competition as there will be wind turbine, solar and ocean energy competitions. This will be the first year that solar and ocean energy will be separate divisions, and it will provide more opportunities for students to explore the alternative energies available in North Carolina.
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. During the event, teams from eastern North Carolina with 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. In addition to the KidWind challenge event, student teams will participate 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.
“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.”