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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

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    Knights

    Coach: Stephanie Long School/Org: Moore Wind Teams State: Oklahoma

    Qualified at: Oklahoma Kidwind Challenge 2018

    What we learned: We were most interested in how changing the pitch of the blades slightly could increase or decrease the voltage considerably.

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    Wild Wings

    Coach: Alphonso Glover School/Org: Moore Wind Power Team State: Oklahoma

    Qualified at: Oklahoma Kidwind Challenge 2018

    What we learned: We were interested most when we found that the smaller blades generated more electricity that the longer blades.

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    Sayre Techies

    Coach: John Brander School/Org: Sayre Area School District State: Pennsylvania

    Qualified at: State College

    What we learned: How important it is, to start to lighten our dependency on fossil fuels.

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    #Triforce

    Coach: Judy Bower School/Org: Londonderry private school State: Pennsylvania

    Qualified at: State College, PA

    What we learned: We learned that blade pitch is really important and we also learned about wind energy and how it effects the environment.

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    High Capacity

    Coach: Cinda Murray & Pat Regan School/Org: Northwestern High School State: Pennsylvania

    Qualified at: CSATS - Penn State University Competition at State

    What we learned: High Capacity learned that just because you have magnets and coils, it doesn't guarantee that you produce energy. Orientation is key.

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    The Fan Boys

    Coach: Judy Bower School/Org: The Londonderry School State: Pennsylvania

    Qualified at: State College, PA

    What we learned: We learned that we needed more torque or power to start the blades spinning. Once they were moving speed was more important.

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    Ocean Lakes High School WindPhins

    Coach: Cathy Funk School/Org: Ocean Lakes High School State: Virginia

    Qualified at: Eastern Virginia Regional

    What we learned: This most interesting thing that I learned about wind energy while constructing my turbine is that there are currently no wind farms presently in the United States, which surprised me because offshore is such a prime position for turbines and we are not exploiting that resource.

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    SPINNERS

    Coach: Robert D'Souza School/Org: Lanier Middle School State: Virginia

    Qualified at: Northern Virginia Regional competition (Udvar Hazy

    What we learned: That the prices are competing with natural gas and that the wind energy potential could supply more than double the energy requirement of the world.

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    iTurbine X

    Coach: Hemiao Zhang School/Org: Old Donation School State: Virginia

    Qualified at: Eastern Virginia Regional

    What we learned: The most interesting thing we learned is that wind energy is just a small percentage of the energy we use today. Wind energy has a bright future in conserving our resources, and we need to utilize that, as this will soon be our generation's problem.