National Challenge



Meet the 2017 Teams

Check out the teams who qualified for 2017 Nationals! Many of these teams will be attending the National KidWind Challenge, but not all of them. Congrats to everyone!


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    Blue Jays

    Coach: Terry Wood School/Org: Las Palmitas Elementary Schol State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs High School Regional

    What we learned: We learned that the design and the material of the wind turbine blades are equally important, but most of all in order to get the most power output you need to be precise when adjusting the pitch of the blades. This will then capture the most wind to turn them rapidly.

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    Hummingbirds

    Coach: Edwin Detoya School/Org: Bobby Duke Middle School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs Regional Competition

    What we learned: We learned that wind energy is an abundant resource in our area, and that promoting the use of this sustainable energy resource is our contribution to the community.

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    Anemoi

    Coach: Edwin Detoya School/Org: Bobby Duke Middle School State: California

    Qualified at: November 2017 Online Competition

    What we learned: We learned about ways to draw the most wind energy into our wind turbine, and ways to convert it into the most electrical power output.

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    Notus

    Coach: Edwin Detoya School/Org: Bobby Duke Middle School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs Regional Competition

    What we learned: We learned about airfoiled blade design and gear-train system to increase wind turbine power output.

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    Ventolines

    Coach: Edwin Detoya School/Org: Bobby Duke Middle School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs Regional Competition

    What we learned: A good wind turbine foundation is important, in addition to blade design, pitch, and gear system.

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    Magnolia Energy

    Coach: Edwin Detoya School/Org: Bobby Duke Middle School State: California

    Qualified at: February National Online Competition

    What we learned: We could build a good wind turbine even with recycled materials. The best things in life are free, very much like wind energy which is an abundant resource just awaiting to be tapped.

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    Just Keep Spinning

    Coach: Miguel Zapata School/Org: Herbert Hoover High School State: California

    Qualified at: Cal State Maritime Kidwind challenge

    What we learned: We learned how wind power works by testing different blade shapes, pitches, numbers, gear ratios, and figuring out swept area all to determine which factors provide the most power output. We now also understand what makes wind power a clean energy source as it does not release any pollutants.

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    Blades of Glory

    Coach: Miguel Zapata School/Org: Herbert Hoover HS State: California

    Qualified at: Cal State Maritime Kidwind Challenge

    What we learned: Something that our team learned about wind energy that was interesting is the wind energy is reusable unlike gas energy which is not. We also learned that the size and length of the blade determines how much energy will be generated.

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    Wind Ninjas

    Coach: Matt Kreps School/Org: Toro Canyon MS State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs, CA Regional

    What we learned: We learned about the concept of lift and how important it is to get those blades really spinning!

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    Turbinstein

    Coach: Matt Kreps School/Org: Toro Canyon MS State: California

    Qualified at: Online Winner February

    What we learned: There are so many different variables to think about, and they can be interconnected where one affects another. It's all about fail, fail again, fail better.

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    Ty-Air

    Coach: Dan Firepine School/Org: Prospect Sierra State: California

    Qualified at: Local Event in Vallejo CA

    What we learned: You really need to balance all of the factors out to get the perfect product, Trial and error expeiriantation are key.

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    SilverBullet

    Coach: Juan Gomez School/Org: Coachella Valley High School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs Regional Competition

    What we learned: The problem with limited amount of fossil fuels and their effect on our environment and thus we are exploring the use of renewable energy as an alternative.

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    The Elitist

    Coach: Juan Gomez School/Org: Coachella Valley High School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs Regional Competition

    What we learned: We learned that the whole world goes mute when you go full tunnel vision on one goal and will do whatever it takes to get the task done.

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    The seniors

    Coach: Gomez School/Org: Coachella valley high school State: California

    Qualified at: Desert hot springs regionals

    What we learned: Team work is the key to be successful on a wind turbine build.

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    Chamblee NSBE Jr.

    Coach: Lucretia Gant School/Org: Chamblee Charter High School State: Georgia

    Qualified at: NSBE Jr National KidWind Competition

    What we learned: The engineering design process and rapid prototyping equipment are very effective tools for testing design solutions for our wind turbine.

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    Chamblee Bulldogs

    Coach: Lucretia Gant School/Org: Chamblee Charter High School State: Georgia

    Qualified at: NSBE National Conference

    What we learned: We learned about the physics behind the shape and structure of the blades on a wind turbine and the most optimal positions for said blades.

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    Oxford Air Sharks

    Coach: Stephanie Moberly School/Org: Oxford Middle School State: Kansas

    Qualified at: Manhattan, Kansas

    What we learned: We have worked hard to improve our design to produce as much energy as possible. The difference one small change to your design can have on the outcome is huge!

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    The Recreational Hazard

    Coach: Gus Goodwin School/Org: King Middle School State: Maine

    Qualified at: The Maine State KidWind Competition

    What we learned: The larger the hub, the more energy produced because the rubber band covers more ground in one spin.

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    Where's Allie

    Coach: Gus Goodwin School/Org: King Middle School State: Maine

    Qualified at: Maine State KidWind Comptition

    What we learned: Blade angle is key.

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    Girls Run the World

    Coach: Corbin Rice, Justine Kim School/Org: Northeast Middle School State: Minnesota

    Qualified at: St. Paul, MN

    What we learned: That less blades produced more energy. We started with 12, but three produced the most energy.

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    Washington Eagles

    Coach: Valerie Rudderforth School/Org: Washington Tech State: Minnesota

    Qualified at: Minnesota Challenge

    What we learned: How much the angle of the blade effects the efficiency of the turbine.

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    NINJA PENQUINS

    Coach: Lynn Shellenberger School/Org: Adams Spanish Immersion State: Minnesota

    Qualified at: MINNESOTA

    What we learned: Wind turbines kill birds and make bats explode.

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    Water's Edge Village School

    Coach: Liz Fennimore, Sean Sonnenberg School/Org: Water's Edge Village School State: North Carolina

    Qualified at: Coastal Studies Institute KidWind Challenge

    What we learned: 'If it doesn't work, try again' 'It's not magic, it's science' 'Of all the resources, duct tape is invaluable'

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    SC Winnders

    Coach: Jim Brown School/Org: Sand Creek Middle School State: New York

    Qualified at: GE KidWind Schenectady, NY

    What we learned: Wind turbines can come in many shapes and sizes, wind turbines in the real world need to yaw, and that gearing and blade type has a large impact on the power produced.

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    Piseco Lakers

    Coach: Vanessa Saltis School/Org: Lake Pleasant Central School State: New York

    Qualified at: SUNY Polytechnic of Utica

    What we learned: We learned that wind energy is endless and, by working on our turbine design, we could help future generations thrive through innovation.

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    Breezy Buffoons

    Coach: David Bobbette School/Org: Lake Pleasant Central School State: New York

    Qualified at: SUNY Utica and GE Renewables

    What we learned: We were very interested in the full scale wind turbine blades and how they were made of a composite of balsa wood and fiber glass.

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    Wind Diesel

    Coach: Jonathan Swift School/Org: Lake Pleasant Central School State: New York

    Qualified at: SUNY Polytechnic Utica and GE Renewables

    What we learned: We found airfoil design very interesting although it proved difficult to form on a small scale model.

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    Winded

    Coach: Joseph Parslow School/Org: Lake Pleasant Central School State: New York

    Qualified at: SUNY Polytechnic of Utica and GE Renewables

    What we learned: I learned that the greater the gear ratio, the higher the energy output. Although a wind turbine is affected by many variables, this is one of the keys to success.

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    Cool Breeze

    Coach: John Balet School/Org: Clean Tech & Sustainable Industries ECHS State: New York

    Qualified at: GE Renewable Energy Headquarters, Schenectady, NY

    What we learned: We see that the wind industry uses the three blade design for an optimal cost / benefit / design ratio. In our smaller scale competition however, we find our multiple blade turbine to be more productive than any three blade designs we constructed.

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    Tuttle Windy's

    Coach: Daneice Foster School/Org: Tuttle High School State: Oklahoma

    Qualified at: Oklahoma State Competition

    What we learned: We've learned so many things this year, it's hard to narrow them down! Increasing the overall stability and altering the gearing ratios can drastically improve energy output. While the blades aerodynamics and angled pitch can change the efficiency.