National Challenge

2017 National Challenge

Nationals 2017

The 2017 National KidWind Challenge was the culmination of the 2016–17 season which saw 25 regional events in 14 states and close to 300 participants.

The students and coaches totally make the event; we just bring together the right ingredients -- creative turbines, positive energy, teamwork, competition, bright students and cooperation.

This years event did not disappoint. Over 400 students, coaches and parents came from all over the US to compete in a wide variety of wind focused challenges. The turbines were more innovative, the students more knowledgeable and composed and just plain awe inspiring. As I watched the event unfold over the two days I am not sure what more I could ask for other than making sure we find ways to offer this opportunity to a larger audience of students.

The Challenge was once again held at the AWEA WINDPOWER conference, the largest wind energy trade show in North America. As the student teams completed challenge they were able to walk the floor, meet with industry and soak in the future of wind power. It was fantastic!

While all of the students are amazing these teams rose to the top of the leaderboard after a grueling two days of competition! Congrats to one and all!

Want to feel like you were there?

High School Division


High School 1st Place - Off the Grid- The Learning Barn - Troutville, VA


High School 2nd Place - The Tuttle Windys - Tuttle High School - Tuttle, OK


High School 3rd Place - Windicorns - Franklin High School & Cleveland High School - Seattle, WA

Middle School Division


Middle School 1st Place - Phish Phoil - Jack Jouett Middle School- Charlottesville, VA


Middle School 2nd Place - SPINNERS - Lanier Middle School - Fairfax, VA

MS3rd Place

Middle School 3rd Place - Aeolus - Herndon, VA