National Challenge

2019 National Challenge

The 2019 National KidWInd KidWind Challenge is a go! Once again we will be holding this event at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) annual tradeshow - WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition.


Please make sure you read the 2019 Rules Addenda in detail when getting ready for the 2019 National KidWind Challenge. There are lots of things in there that will make your participation a success.


Do you have funding to help cover travel and accommodation costs?
We don’t have the funds to cover individual team’s travel costs. Last year over 450 students, coaches and parents creatively raised dollars to attend the 2018 National KidWind Challenge in Chicago, IL. Check out the recap and the report for more details. We highly encourage you to seek out scholarships in your areas or try to do some fundraising. We are here to help you with that process! If you start a GoFundMe let us us know and we can promote.

What’s the schedule?
Teams should plan to arrive on Tuesday, May 21st and stay through 3pm on Thursday, May 23rd.

Monday, May 20th: Early Arrivals
Teams may wish to arrive on Monday to get settled and explore Houston!

Tuesday - May 21st: Check-in & Open Tunnel Testing
12pm-5pm Check in & get set up
1pm-5pm Open Tunnel Testing

Wednesday - May 22nd: Challenge Day 1
8am-8:30am Kick-Off
8:30am-6pm Tunnel Testing, Turbine Judging, Instant Challenges, Knowledge Test

Thursday - May 23rd: Challenge Day 2
8am-12pm Tunnel Testing, Instant Challenges, Knowledge Test
9am-12pm Turbine Judging Call Backs
9am- 1pm Visit Trade Show Floor
2pm-3pm Awards & Closing
3pm-5pm Breakdown + Goodbyes

*You can visit the WINDPOWER floor exhibitions on Thursday!

Where can we stay while we’re there?
Unfortunately all of our hotel blocks are full! Meghan is looking around for more hotel space but things are getting very tight. If you need some help looking for space please send us a note and we will see what we can do!


With an awesome donation from Pattern Energy we are planing lots of fun things for teams, parents, coaches and chaperones. Registration for these events has closed and many of them are full. If you need to make any changes to your reservation or want to be put on the waitlist please send a note to

One of our amazing participants has already call the Space Center in Houston and got a promo code that gets you $12 off an entry ticket.

Check the link below and use the promo KidWind. You have to purchase your tickets online.

Important Forms & Links

Here are some important forms you need to bring to National Challenge!