The Virginia Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University is hosting the second annual Virginia KidWind Challenge on March 16th, 2013 at Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Thomas Harrison Middle School is the proud new owner of a small wind turbine installed through the Virginia Wind for Schools program in November 2012. (Click here to see THMS's wood turbine being installed.) This Saturday’s event is being held in conjunction with the Virginia Wind Festival, and is free and open to the public.
The KidWind Challenge is a wind turbine design competition for middle and high school students. Teams of 2-4 students incorporate engineering and science to build powerful small-scale wind turbines and compete with other students from around the state to generate the most electricity. In addition to gaining teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills, students will learn key scientific concepts about alternative energy and sustainability.
On Saturday, March 16th, teams from across Virginia will bring their uniquely designed wind turbines and compete to generate the most electricity in a wind tunnel. Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place teams in the Middle School, High School, and Open-Class divisions and a special prize to the team that wins the Judge’s Award.
Check out this Science Matters’ video from the KidWind Challenge last year to find out more.
This year, the KidWind Challenge is being held in conjunction with the Virginia Wind Festival, an outreach event also hosted by the Virginia Center for Wind Energy. The Festival will offer hands-on demonstrations on siting and installing meteorological towers to measure wind speeds as well as a small wind turbine showcase where participants can see and touch small wind turbines and learn about where they would be best suited. Speakers will be addressing various wind topics including offshore wind in Virginia, community impacts of wind energy, and what you can do for the wind industry. In addition, the Festival will feature a variety of wind-related exhibitors as well as a Kid’s Area where children can make kites and pinwheels, get their face painted, and much more!
Article by Remy Pangle, Associate Director/Curriculum Coordinator, Virginia Center for Wind Energy, James Madison University