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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    Mustang Gust Runners

    Coach: Jenna Samora School/Org: Sinagua Middle School State: Arizona

    Qualified at: Flagstaff

    What we learned: Students really enjoyed learning about how important blade design is in creating a quality wind turbine. They also loved learning about generators and building their own from copper wire and magnets.

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    Tri-Attack

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

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs, CA

    What we learned: Engineering makes the impossible possible! If you can imagine it, you can make it real.

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    Romero Power

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

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs Regional Challenge

    What we learned: The most important thing that we learned about wind turbines is that they are becoming very common in our society and around the world. The energy industry uses different designs based on what area they are located in to take advantage of the natural wind source to work and not cause pollution.

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    The Dark Knights

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

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs Regional

    What we learned: The most interesting thing that we learned about wind energy was that changing gear ratio's and number of blades can really make a difference in generating power.

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    Project Falcon

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

    Qualified at: March 2017 Online Competition

    What we learned: The team learned about the many factors that affect performance of the wind turbine. It is such a great experience to design our own wind turbine and work as a team. Wind energy is a renewable source of energy, so it is sustainable. We should take advantage of this precious resource.

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    Turbine Howlers

    Coach: Anona Gasca (Tech Adv./Ass't Coach - Hunter Gasca) School/Org: Kimbark Elementary (San Bernardino City Schools) State: California

    Qualified at: May 2017 Online Competition

    What we learned: While building their renewable energy system, the Turbine Howlers learned that they could greatly increase the power of the wind by iterating complimentary device elements such as blade design/quantity/angle of attack and gear ratios.

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    Green and Gold

    Coach: Juan Gomez, Laura Morphey School/Org: STEAM Club- Coachella Valley High School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs High School

    What we learned: Throughout our journey this year, we have learned an immense amount, more than any previous year! One of the most interesting things we learned this year was learning how the Venturi effect works and incorporating it in our design to increase our output dramatically.

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    Little Slims

    Coach: Mr. Gomez School/Org: Coachella Valley High School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Spring Kidwind competition

    What we learned: This team learned that mechanical advantage is a team effort.

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    Millennium Turbine

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

    Qualified at: February 2017 Online Competition

    What we learned: This is an awesome experience!!! We learned the value of teamwork, resiliency and innovation. In this project, we became engineers, innovators, plumbers, painters, electricians, builders... what a way to learn use of wind energy through real-life connections!!!

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    Jana

    Coach: Tony Korwin School/Org: Desert Mirage High School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Mirage HS - local event

    What we learned: Our team learned that the most important thing about building wind energy with our turbine was the shaping of the turbine blades and the angling. Data is constantly changing due to any slit changes.

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    Demly

    Coach: Tony Korwin School/Org: Desert Mirage High School State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Mirage HS - local

    What we learned: The most interesting thing our team learned about wind energy while constructing our turbine is the effect of the blades aerodynamics towards the electrical energy output. Different blade designs helped us figure out how differently structured air foils create different amounts of energy.

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    We Are #1

    Coach: Casey Heiser School/Org: REAL Academy DHSHS State: California

    Qualified at: Desert Hot Springs Regional competition

    What we learned: Learning about how a generator works and about the concepts of lift was very interesting.

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    The STEM Launchers

    Coach: Nicole McWright School/Org: STEM Launch State: Colorado

    Qualified at: Colorado KidWind Challenge

    What we learned: The most interesting thing we learned about wind energy while constructing our turbine was that the angel and number of blades make a difference in energy output.

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    Epic Wind Warriors

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

    Qualified at: Hutchinson, Kansas

    What we learned: We learned that a compound gear system would produce more energy. We struggled with minimizing the friction our gears produced.

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    Air Shark

    Coach: Stephanie Moberly School/Org: Oxford Jr./Sr. High State: Kansas

    Qualified at: Hutchinson, Kansas

    What we learned: We are the Oxford Air Sharks and we are here to dominate. We learned that twisted blades help produce more energy than normal, untwisted, blades. We won first in the Hutchison, KS competition. We also learned that adding different gears drastically changed our energy output.

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    Washington Eagles featuring "Windtina"

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

    Qualified at: St. Paul, MN

    What we learned: We learned that not only is the shape of the blade is important but adding a twist in the blade helps produce more energy. We also were amazed at how common wind turbines are becoming.

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    Windigos

    Coach: David Barrett and Lynn Spears School/Org: Farnsworth Aerospace Magnet 5 - 8 State: Minnesota

    Qualified at: St. Paul Regional

    What we learned: Our team learned that you need to make many iterations of blade designs and test each design at multiple pitches to finally get the best one. We also learned to work together as a team.

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    Deturbination

    Coach: Cindy Sengenberger and Jenn Randio School/Org: Broadalbin-Perth Middle School State: New York

    Qualified at: KidWind Challenge at GE in Schenectady, NY

    What we learned: After trying different gear ratios we learned that the we need more force from the wind to turn our turbine's blades and more blades work better.

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    The Turbinators

    Coach: Willam Eipp Jr School/Org: Broadalbin-Perth High School State: New York

    Qualified at: KidWind Challenge Event - GE Renewable Energy

    What we learned: Learning all about wind energy consumption in the USA while preparing our presentation for the GE Challenge. For example, the United States generates more wind energy than any other country, and wind was the largest source of all newly installed U.S. electricity generation capacity in 2015!

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    Team Elite

    Coach: Ken Baxter School/Org: Syracuse City School District State: New York

    Qualified at: NSBE National Convention

    What we learned: We learned many different things throughout our process of building our windmill, what we learned about the most was the gear box. We have a vertical gear box instead of a horizontal one. Just because the gear box is more complex than others doesn’t mean it’s going to be more efficient.

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    Mind Blown

    Coach: John McNally School/Org: Albany Academy for Girls State: New York

    Qualified at: GE KidWind Challenge

    What we learned: We faced some difficulties, such as agreement, time management, and our turbine breaking at times. Over the course of six months, our turbine had to undergo many changes and improvements. By researching and trying different parts, our turbine design has surprised our families, and our teachers!

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    Easy Breezies

    Coach: Matthew Glogowski School/Org: Clean Technology and Sustainibale Industries ECHS State: New York

    Qualified at: Kid Wind Regional at GE

    What we learned: Our team learned that the government’s Production Tax Credit (PTC) has brought down wind energy prices 90% since it was introduced. However, the PTC is not permanent unlike fossil fuel industry tax credits are. Meaning the government is not required to maintain the current PTC of wind energy.

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    WD-40

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

    Qualified at: SUNY PI Regionals NYS

    What we learned: We found it interesting that even if the blades were moving slowly, we could multiply our energy output by adding more gears. Slight changes like this and blade design, could greatly affect our wind turbines success.

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    Whirlwinds

    Coach: John McNally School/Org: Albany Academy for Girls State: New York

    Qualified at: GE Challenge

    What we learned: Throughout this process, we have faced many difficulties, such as the importance of an effective pulley system, and the significance of all aspects of the blades. We came to the realization that having an extremely large gear ratio is not beneficial if the pulleys do not turn quickly and smoothly.

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    Wind Ninjas

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

    Qualified at: SUNY PI Regionals NYS

    What we learned: When it comes to blade design; simple is better. When it comes to gears; you can do anything with an awesome gear ratio. Together, you can create a powerful wind turbine.

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    Electro Clan

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

    Qualified at: SUNY PI Regionals NYS

    What we learned: The most interesting thing for us is the amount of energy you can create, even if your model is small. Although gears are new to us, we have learned a lot about them and how they can increase our energy output.

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    West Virginia

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

    Qualified at: SUNY PI Regionals NYS

    What we learned: We found it interesting that even if the blades were moving slowly, we could multiply our energy output by adding more gears. Slight changes like this and blade design, could greatly affect our wind turbines success.

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    The Tuttle Windy's

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

    Qualified at: Oklahoma State Competition

    What we learned: It is little things that can make a big difference! Sometimes your first idea is not your best idea.

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    Wind Whispers

    Coach: Kailee Wilsie School/Org: Boys and Girls Club of Carter County State: Oklahoma

    Qualified at: Oklahoma State Competition

    What we learned: That making small changes in your turbine and only changing one thing at a time is key to getting your wind turbine data accurate.

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    Water Earth Fire Air

    Coach: Rebbecca Brandon School/Org: Choctaw Middle School State: Oklahoma

    Qualified at: OK KidWind Challenge

    What we learned: The team found it interesting how the gear ratios changed the production of energy when using the same wind turbine blades. They thought the design of the blade is what would create more energy, but it was the construction of their towers that really helped their design produce more energy.