What is the KidWind Challenge?

The KidWind Challenge is the ultimate renewable energy learning experience for students. Find out how middle and high school students around the country are exploring wind and solar energy through the hands-on, investigative, and exciting challenges!

When students participate in a KidWind Challenge they will: 

  • Discover the promise and limitations of renewable energy technology

  • Design, build, and test a functional creative wind turbine OR solar structure

  • Compete with their peers in a supportive environment

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     For the last 16 years KidWind has been focused on helping educators and students explore renewable energy. The idea of the KidWind Project in started in 2003 when founder Mike Arquin was a sixth grade science teacher in California. Unhappy with the poor quality of products and curricula available for teaching wind energy science, he set out to develop some new materials. With an initial investment of $1,000 and a fellowship at the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University, he developed a new approach to educating the world about wind energy.

     KidWind and its team of amazing instructors focus on three major areas - teacher training, curricula and materials, and the KidWind Challenge.

     The very first KidWind Challenge was held in a science classroom in Monterey, CA, in 2003. Years later, with support from NYSERDA, we held our first official KidWind Challenge in Albany, NY, way back in 2009.

     Since 2009, KidWind Challenge events have been successfully implemented in 30 states, with roughly 40,000 students competing in 300 events across the country. Our 2018-2019 Challenge season was the biggest year yet! Last year we saw: - 35 State Level KidWind Challenges in 24 states and 4 international locations - 37 Educator Training Events with over 800+ teachers trained in 33 states - 4500+ Students directly participate in KidWind Challenge Events - 500+ Online Challenge Submissions.

Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy


The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy (CASE) at James Madison University (JMU) strives to provide educational and technical opportunities, support, and resources to foster the advancement of sustainable energy in Virginia.  CASE focuses on research, education, and outreach to advance sustainable energy deployment.  We focus on research projects with national, regional, and local implications, and are performed with the assistance of undergraduate and graduate students. Our educational efforts reach a wide range of audiences including K-12 students and educators, undergraduates, and post-graduates. Our outreach efforts aim to create a more educated and aware citizen base in Virginia, including local planners, county officials, the JMU community, and the general public.  Find more information about the us at

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