The core of participating in a KidWind Challenge is the construction of a small, functional wind turbine. No matter how much power your turbine produces, the most important part of construction is the process and what you learn from tinkering as you build.
Our partners at Vernier have a great list of KidWind Challenge Products to help you get started. But what we really love are the crazy contraptions that clearly take a lot of time to come up with! We’ve seen teams build wind turbines out of some pretty crazy stuff like Tinker-Toys, K’nex, Legos, scrap wood, PVC pipes, popsicle sticks, bike wheels, 3D printed parts, poster boards, fabric scraps, building “junk”, balsa wood, etc.
Remember that while there’s no budget for the KidWind Challenge Events, your team’s turbine will be partially judged on how resourceful you are. Did we mention that we’ve seen some winning turbines made entirely from recycled materials? Very impressive.